Last Thursday, Christopher Wynn reported on Eats blog that Donald Chick, the groovy dude involved with La Condesa at Victory Park, is opening a new place on Henderson. Wynn wrote that the restaurant would be named Jones and the food, “California roadhouse with a farm-fresh mentality,” would be cooked by a chef picked with the help of “Chick’s friend, York Street’s Sharon Hage.” I just received an e-mail from Hage. She writes:
“Donald Chick had/has no authorization to use my name in conjunction with his upcoming restaurant project. We are barely acquaintances, much less friends. Several months ago, he called to discuss his plans and the possibility of my consulting on the menu. We met twice-briefly. I suggested he contact Mark Cassel. End of story.”
She goes on to make it clear that she has no stake in Chick’s plans or right to use her name in the promotion of Jones. However, I am burying the lead. Hage’s only action in this “friendship” with Chick was that she suggested a few months ago that Chick should contact Marc Cassel. From the “sound” of the e-mail, it looks liked the veteran nice-guy chef will helm the kitchen at Jones. And Sharon Hage had nothing to do with it. Donald, perhaps you should have at least added Hage to your Facebook page before you claimed her as a friend. You picked the wrong chick to tick off. Speaking of chicks, back to you, Casey.