In mid-January, John Tesar announced his new restaurant, Spoon Bar and Kitchen, would open in the former the 24-Hour Fitness space, next to the soon-to-open Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Early this morning, I received an email from a representative of Rosebriar Holdings. It says:
Rosebriar Holdings owns the building where 24 Hour Fitness was located in Preston Center, and we have seen the on line article stating that “Spoon” restaurant would be opening in the building this summer. We were in discussions with John Tesar, his financial partner, and their brokers, and we have decided not to lease space to the new concept in our building. We wanted you to have this information before any further discussions or any additional articles were printed or published. We don’t have any further comments.
I’ve emailed Tesar for comment but I have not heard back. According to his Facebook page, he is in the Bahamas.
UPPITY DATE: I just received an email from John Tesar:
I am in Bahamas cooking on a private island phone and texts are spotty. I just found out that we had a problem and it’s not really a problem. Rosebriar pulled the rug out it seems for more money from someone else. I had a lease in its final phase they sent it to us for final review. I have hired a designer and an architect you saw the plans. I have no idea. My partner is livid and I am in shock. Spoon will happen, just not in that location as it seems this morning.