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Brian Black, Owner of Mi Piaci, is Not Happy

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Mi Piaci closed on May 18, 2014. A sign posted on the front door noted the landlord had changed the locks on owner Brian Black for failure to pay rent. On May 14, the landlord announced the opening of Cucina Neighborhood Italian Restaurant in the same space. Mr. Black is fightin’ mad.
This just in:
SUBJECT: Statement from Brian Black of the former Mi Piaci Cucina
 Mi Piaci Cucina Italiana in Park Cities was taken from me by my ex-lawyer/ ex- business partner. Through the use of unethical legal practices, my ex-business partner stole the restaurant from me.  I will be filing a lawsuit against her and others for their actions. A new restaurant is being opened in the same venue as the former Mi Piaci Cucina by my ex partner and the landlord. They are attempting to imitate Mi Piaci by using the same menu and staff from the former Mi Piaci Cucina.  The principles and family members that have been involved with the Mi Piaci brand since 1991 have NO affiliation to this new restaurant.  This malicious and unscrupulous act will be met with swift and just response.
Brian Black
In a letter to his customers he writes:
We would like to thank all of our loyal Mi Piaci customers who have supported us for over twenty-three years. We could not have done it without you and we wish all of our Mi Piaci friends and family only the best. As many of you know, we closed our doors last month due to circumstances beyond our control. Basically, Mi Piaci Cucina Italiana in Park Cities was taken from me by my ex-lawyer/ex-business partner. Through the use of unethical legal practices, my ex-business partner stole the restaurant from me. I will be filing a lawsuit against her and others for their actions. A new restaurant is being opened in the same venue as the former Mi Piaci Cucina by my ex-business partner and the Landlord. They are attempting to imitate Mi Piaci by using the same menu and staff from the former Mi Piaci Cucina. The principles and family members that have been involved with the Mi Piaci Brand since 1991 have NO affiliation with this new restaurant. This malicious and unscrupulous act will be met with swift and just response. Please feel free to follow me on Facebook for more information.
  • Piper S

    Good Luck Brian. It is unfortunate what happened however your landlord has always had a bad reputation think early days…Mr. Lupton,
    Phil Romano and now his soon to be ex-wife. Find a better landlord and location.

  • Colette

    Brian this is unfortunate to hear. We were hoping you were re opening but we wish you the best as well. We have been frequenting MiPiaci since before you took over. What a shame and loss to the Dallas community. RIP good Italian food!

  • DallasAlice

    you should do a history of the landlord Mr. Crossland’s life. It would make a steamy movie…

  • Touchstone13

    It seems odd to me that Mr. Black is always blaming his restaurant failures on others. Il Sole was very oddly run with ordinary food. He abandoned/was evicted from his beautiful location on Montfort where the quality of the food declined year over year. Then he changes his original concept of Ocho to a new Mi Piaci location at which time he ousted most of his staff with no notice. Now this. Who is the common denominator here?

  • Mr Obvious

    Exactly. Typically when you pay your rent you don’t have these sorts of problems. I also find it interesting that somehow the landlord is always the one to blame. Did the landlord force Mr. Black to sign a lease under duress?

  • Claire

    Yes very true!

  • Claire

    Also true but the location can’t sustain anything
    And if the landlord is Crosland indeed then he is not the most trustworthy person to deal with either. We know better.

  • Suzanne

    We wish you the best . MiPiaci has long been a favorite of ours from engagements to births, promotions and celebrations. You and your staff were always so helpful and attentive. Thank you.

  • Suzanne

    Please share.

  • Lisa Georgalis

    I would bet Brian will come back strong with a new location for Mi Piaci or a brand new concept. The Preston Center location has proven itself difficult, but Mr. Black’s track record is solid. Mi Piaci will always be remembered as having a fabulous Italian wine selection, house made pastas, high quality meats, beautiful cheeses, and superior service. Looking forward to the next venture from Brian and family.

  • Peggie O’Neill

    That’s terrible. Karma never loses an address.
    I wish Brian and the staff all the best. Such a loss for us clients.

  • Shawn C

    Brian,
    You will bounce back from this and I bet a new Mi Piaci will open in a better location before the end of the year. Your partner on the other hand needs more than good luck in that tainted and cursed location. We will not support an imitated MiPiaci and neither will any of our friends. Sorry to hear this news though.
    Looking forward to your next venture. Best of luck.

    Shawn

  • Mr Assumption

    All I see in regards to these posts, is many assumptions, which are not based on facts. The facts are a restaurant, which had a solid reputation, on many review sites, is now being run by the ex-lawyer/business partner. Should the facts above be true, there is not only grounds for both civil but possible criminal charges for the ex-lawyer, but also disbarment from practicing law. A lawyer has a fiduciary duty to protect the client, in this case the partnership of the restaurant since it was an business partner and lawyer, this breached the core principle of the legal system and the lawyer should lose their license to practice law, which in this case the state of Texas. This goes further than this and as described, whether reading what was signed or not, due to the fiduciary duty breach, is outright fraud, which has criminal penalties.

  • BBH

    House mad pasta…out of a box…check out Costco for your line caught salmon. Not sure if you can call bagged frozen fish from Costco the highest quality..Face it… Brian has screwed too many people and karma has made its full circle…..

  • Nick Suranyi

    I flew 139 times last year, which equates to many countries, cities, and restaurants. Whenever I would visit Dallas over the years, I would make it a point to visit the creations of Brian Black. Whether it was Il Sole, Mi Piaci, or Ocho, they all had a common theme, great food and great owner. I will continue to trust both taking and sending clients to the next creation of Brian Black.

  • Lillian

    Reminder: Brian Black packed up il Sole in the middle of the night and defaulted on his lease, I believe he blamed the landlords for that as well

  • Peter

    Sounds to me there is more to the story. Guy opened a restaurant in 3 different locations and HE is always the victim??? Can’t believe landlords expect rent!

  • Lillian

    Looks like Mr. Black’s years of stiffing landlords finally caught up with him.

    REMINDER: Brian Black and wife, Sonia, packed up il Sole in the middle of the night, defaulted on their lease and he placed the blame of the landlords.

    How many times has he done this?? Feeling no pity for Brian Black.

  • KC dallas

    I am sure there are two sides to the story. But personally I am just depressed I won’t have access to that black crab pasta dish. Oh I loved that dish. Feeling like I may need to get that recipe somehow.

  • Ruben

    I coldn’t agree more. Poor business practices and lack of ethical treatment towards your clients/employees put this once great restaurant out of business. What goes around, comes around. It was only a matter of time.

  • BBH

    Poor silver spoon Brian…. A great quote..from post….from the original Mi piaci sob story of the landlord locking him out. If my fav…. “Sounds Like some Stinky Business”….I Can’t what for the next article to come out…what will the next,” Stinky business” article be…stay tuned..whiny Brian will be sure to write an email.

  • Maureen Redman

    This is so sad. We love mi piaci and are disappointed that this is happening. Praying this is resolved and justice is served for the Blacks

  • Dic

    Venga Venga

  • Dic

    Maureen.. I pray….. Brian would pay back all the money he owes and publicly apologize to all the people he has screwed over the last 23 years. Open the closed eyes to see the world is not out to get poor poor Brian but maybe just maybe, his fast and loose living of lie cheat and steal has final caught up to him.

  • Greg M

    Dic you really live up to your name. Why don’t
    you post your real name instead of hiding
    like a coward. Also learn how to speak and
    write the English language DIC

  • Greg M

    You really live up to your name. Stop
    hiding like a coward and use your real name
    and while your at it learn to speak and write the
    English language.

  • Big Tex

    Maureen

    It is resolved and justice will be served when Brian Black finally lands in jail and someone’s bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Brian Black blamed the demise of Il Sole, Ocho, Mi Piaci- Monfort and now Mi Piaci – Preston on those that tried to help him. Once again he has left investors, landlords, vendors and employees holding the bag but simply not paying his bills. Shame on Brian.

  • DiC

    Sorry Greg M. I am not hiding like a coward nor do I have problem writing the English language. I just WANTED TO PRAY FOR POOR,POOR, POOR, POOR..CRYING A RIVER BRIAN BLACK.

  • DiC

    Amen!!!!!!!!Watch out, Greg M is on the loose……looking for typos and the correct use of the written and verbal(?)form of the English language.

  • Big Tex

    Maureen

    It is resolved. Justice will not be served until Mr. Black is sitting in jail and has become someone’s girlfriend!

  • DiC

    Don’t forget Voltar

  • DiC

    You should do a background check on Brian. It would make Steamy Movie as well.

  • Nancy Nichols

    Play nicer, people. I deleted a couple of comments that added nothing to the conversation.

  • Bri

    Thanks Nancy for stepping in. I couldn’t believe
    some of the comments. I think we all can see
    that there are some disgruntled enemies or
    past co workers on here. Let’s keep the
    Conversations real on here. I actually used
    to dine at Il Sole. It was a wonderful place and
    was around for awhile so not sure why people
    Bashing that concept. And MiPiaci was around
    23 years so he must know how to do something
    right. I was never a fan of Ocho but there was
    a group of people involved in that because I
    tried to get a donation for our abused children
    charity and the pr marketing people could not
    get approval from the landlord. Weird.

    Well Mipiaci in Addison was a Dallas icon. And
    I wish they could have made it in this tough
    business. I hope all the employees and owners
    find new opportunities. Preferably back in
    Addison.

  • Samantha

    That same landlord screwed my husband many years ago over a real estate deal. Plus that location is like a death sentence. We never visited the new location because we would not support any Crosland location but we sure loved Mipiaci when it was up North. It was a dallas favorite for 23 years. I know the Blacks have supported march of dimes and the heart association of dallas for many years. Charitable donations from Mipiaci we have always counted on. I think thats where the big focus should be and the bigger picture is that their restaurants helped our cause. Good luck to the blacks on their next ventures!

  • Lisa Georgalis

    Not sure about the Salmon, but having lived in the neighborhood directly behind the Addison location, I know who their meat (beef specifically) provider was and it wasn’t Costco. My children grew up eating there weekly, and were able to make homemade pasta with 2 of their very talented head chefs over the years. I have nothing to say as far as karma. I have nothing but fond memories and good meals to remember from both Brian and his family.

  • BBH

    Keep it real. Real is not paying bills. Real is trying to screw landlords and staff by running out in the middle of the night as mentioned above. Real is, this has been going on for 23 years………….Kept it real Bri

  • ANNA

    Finally the table is turn of you! Their are clean you up like a chicken in a boiling water and you thought you are smart?
    It is Karma all about Karma maybe you shall go to some kind of group and start asking forgiveness to others you step on face.
    The Paradise , The Hell and the Purgatory it is here on earth!
    In my Country Italy we say this:
    Do good and forget about it
    do bad things and think about it
    Yes Mr. Black now think about it why all this is happening to you?
    well Think about it! and remember nothing is forever nothing!

  • ANNA

    Finally the table is turn of you! Their are clean you up like a chicken in a boiling water and you thought you are smart?
    It is Karma all about Karma maybe you shall go to some kind of group and start asking forgiveness to others you step on face.
    The Paradise , The Hell and the Purgatory it is here on earth!
    In my Country Italy we say this:
    Do good and forget about it
    do bad things and think about it
    Yes Mr. Black now think about it why all this is happening to you?
    well Think about it!

  • ANNA

    Hello Ruben I agree with you!
    when a person kill the goose of the golden egg… you know what happen right?
    Guess what his waiters did to guests? discriminating them if the guest did not had a fancy car and a suit guess what? you get a new waitress the Albanese ( fake Italian) he wanted only the cream of the guests ….in my country Italy we say this: If you do not know how to Hammer do not break the heads of the nails! hahahah see laugh good who laugh at end. Well done Karma!

  • Carie T

    Your comments seem to be about more than the issues we are to be commenting about. It seems you need to find another forum perhaps call the owner himself or email him or something but I dont appreciate this type of bashing of characters on here. You comment after any nice comment on here. I don’t think that’s very fair or ethical. We comment once and we move on. I was a diner at both locations and on their sol promotions and we loved the food. Hated the service. But always came back for the good. I met the owner on multiple occasions over the last 8 years that I have been in Dallas and he was very nice to us. We will miss MiPiaci.

  • RV7

    Can’t say I’m surprised. Mr. Black has a history of not paying his creditors, and is known in some circles as a “crook.”

  • Doug Peterson

    We loved MiPiaci and Brian has always treated us like family whenever we visited his establishment.

  • Ruben

    };-) …killed the goose of the golden eggs. HA! Excellent analogy.

  • ANNA

    I am a professional restaurant and hotel of Cavalier of Hilton of Italy with over 1800 hours of training and study to 5 stars service been second student out of 100 I was the best in my school in Italy
    and Mr. Black in his light brown suit and shining shoes with a spoil brat face told me over 15 years ago I was not good enough for him?
    You have insulted my intelligence that day, You have humiliated me of my work and time to study hours of study and training in Italy in the best Hotel restaurant you can never afford! and the best Italian food you never eat in your whole life! I have eating in my school over 3000 dishes of the best of the best of Italian cuisine! you will dream of it! and I can cook that darn it! my husband dis my only person I cook for.
    I did without you Mr. black I work now and have no boss I am a business woman.
    and you? what happen to you?
    the talk of the town “The failure” The crying wolf
    shame on you Mr. black I write you name small letter because you have narrow mind…
    Next time learn how to respect people
    Especially the one that you want to represent the food The Italians!
    God is great!

  • ANNA

    why you are keeping deleting my post?
    This man is not a Saint and I am not writing a rosary over him
    he is a total jerk!

    You should not delete my post and please ad again what you deleted I want to people know who he really his
    Thanks

  • ANNA

    I want the reader know more about him! they need to know how he hurt me , insulting me my intelligence of over 1800 study of Cavalier of Hilton in Italy I was practically too professional to work for Mi piaci
    Hullahala where is mi Piaci now?
    Ma va a affanculo!

  • ANNA

    to:Nancy Nichols
    When you throw the stones do not hide your hands!
    this is an old Italian said
    so please let the reader write all they fillings towards this jerk.
    Kind Regards

  • PTB

    Anna whoever you are- you have no class. I don’t even know the owner just the establishment and I can’t believe how you are trying to portray anyone on here. Use your real name and login if your so set on telling your story. Your writing makes no sense and we don’t care about your Italian sayings. This is USA – speak English and speak clearly. Stop talking in circles and say what you want to say without hiding behind a fake profile.

    This fan will miss the arrabiatta!