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John Tesar Disses Former Dallas Employers

BURNINGIn an interview posted yesterday on a New York-based blog called The Braiser, John “Spoon” Tesar  throws a few knives at several of his former business relationships in Dallas. Here are the money quotes from the post titled “Zen And The Art Of The Comeback: John Tesar’s Not Crying Anymore.” .

“I met these guys from the Dallas Restaurant Group, the DRG, and I started consulting for them. And you know, they don’t do business the way I like to do business, but it was something to do. And it was really rough because I wasn’t making any money for most of it.”

“And luckily enough, my friend [told me of] this wine bar [Dali] where his restaurant was. It was empty for a long period of time. He was just like, “Why don’t I set you up with Lucy [Billingsley] and you go open something up over there.” And I’m going like, it’s another Band-Aid… But I needed the Band-Aid at the time and Lucy’s a billionaire.”

“To this day, with Bruno [Davaillon] there [Mansion], the walls are still shaking without me. The restaurant’s doing nothing, ’cause Bruno’s just a very quiet, amazing French chef. He’s a good friend of mine, but you need a personality there.”

I’m sure there are several people in Dallas thinking “fork you.”

19 comments on “John Tesar Disses Former Dallas Employers

  1. What’s so bad about what he said? He’s being honest- nothing here to see. Everyone knows DRG/Mike Hogue is a piece of work and his business practices are indeed different, bordering on shady. Luci IS a billionaire. And Bruno IS a quiet reserved French chef who is consistently good, but let’s face it, not much of a personality.
    Come on….

  2. It’s no secret about DRG’s complete disregard for ethics. Being forked by DRG is at least something. Try to get them to pay you and see what you get.

  3. I think Bruno is rocking it at The Mansion on Turtle Creek and he is respected by his peers for being excellent at what he does,for being nice and respectful with others. Something that not all chefs can say they have– respect of their peers.

  4. The fawning-ness of that interviewer would put even Norm Hitzges to shame.

  5. D’oh!
    My only comment here is that I know for an absolute fact the regard, esteem and respect JT holds for Bruno’s talent and character. Perhaps a tad of an issue with context or paraphrasing – regardless, part of John’s charm is that no holds barred, unfiltered exposition.

    …I’m already hearing some of it right now!

  6. That guy is the most ungracious a-hole on the planet. Still. He might not be crying but he still sounds like a bi-polar narcissist. What a prick.

  7. Slow news day? Yes, Tesar is an outspoken New Yorker and a talented chef with high standards. He is human, he is flawed, and he yells, sometimes loudly! God knows I know this first hand from working with him. But the quotes above are totally out of context, meant to manufacture a story where there was none. I have been to wine chat with John at the Mansion many, many times since his departure and he has always been a welcomed guest. Bruno is one of John’s closest friends, and John has tremendous respect for his fellow James Beard nominated friend. John also worked with DRG for many years and he continues to have a good relationship with them to this day.

  8. Slow news day? Yes, John is an outspoken New Yorker and highly talented chef. He is flawed, he is human, and he yells, sometimes loudly! God knows I know this from working with him, but these “quotes” are totally out of context, only meant to create a story where there is none. Ironically, he has burned very few bridges I know this first hand. I have been to wine chat with John at the Mansion on many, many occasions where he has always been welcomed as a respected guest. John has tremendous respect for Bruno, his fellow James Beard nominated friend. And he worked for DRG for many years and continues to have a good relationship with them to this day.

  9. His friends and pseudonymns are once again trying to do damage control to this guy who gets off on bad mouthing people. He’s a great friend of Bruno’s but he’s insulting him. With friends like that, right? Tesar will never change despite his efforts to tell everyone what a cool grounded guy he is. Blah.

  10. Ha! This coming from a person hiding behind an anonymous account. Pot, meet kettle.

  11. In case you have not noticed, there are very few people who comment on this site. It’s just a core group of Nancy and her team and a few crazy-ass restauranteurs.

  12. Out of context? Okay, here is the whole thing:
    ” The reason why I moved on, and they try to make it about my behavior, or that I was abusive to people or something like that. That’s the quickest way to get rid of someone in a hotel, and it’s just not so. To this day, with Bruno [Davaillon] there, the walls are still shaking without me. The restaurant’s doing nothing, ’cause Bruno’s just a very quiet, amazing French chef. He’s a good friend of mine, but you need a personality there. And what happened was the twenty-year-old HR person and the controller that’s been there forever got control of the hotel again after the recession. I mean, The Mansion hasn’t made money in like, fifteen years.”

  13. I used to enjoy coming here and reading reviews on the dallas food scence but lately its just turned into a gossip blog.