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Annabelle - The Return of Chef Frank Ruta in the Former Nora Space - An Ashok Bajaj Restaurant

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Well, he's carefully weighing options, and open to hearing more, with the idea that he's looking for something that will have longer term successes, and a place to build relationships. Many people have reminisced about Palena, and I think he'd like to work towards achieving and earning that status ... for both employee and guest.
 
Frank is actively seeking work, as well as talking to potential employers already - if you're a restaurateur, you should contact him (through me, if you'd like).
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It's great to hear he's on the prowl for a good fit - I very much hope he finds it. And I hope it is still local and I hope to be there when it opens - I miss his cooking so.

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I can't understand why the landlord wouldn't be up for that idea, it would have to be better than the $0 they have collected for that space since Palena closed 6 or 7 years ago....

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On 4/23/2019 at 2:06 PM, DPop said:

I can't understand why the landlord wouldn't be up for that idea, it would have to be better than the $0 they have collected for that space since Palena closed 6 or 7 years ago....

I think it was 5 years ago to the day.  All of my memories from that day are memories I wrote of all of the many, many times I dined and felt at home at Palena.

I'm so hoping Frank finds the next thing soon - I am in serious withdrawal.

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In Tom Sietsema's chat this morning, he said that Frank Ruta just signed on with Ashok Bajaj to work at one of his restaurants. Haven't decided which yet. 

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On 5/8/2019 at 12:19 PM, mtureck said:

In Tom Sietsema's chat this morning, he said that Frank Ruta just signed on with Ashok Bajaj to work at one of his restaurants. Haven't decided which yet. 

I read that too. Looking forward to having his food again as soon as he's set up and ready to go!

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1 hour ago, Pool Boy said:

Anyone know how Frank

s next thing s evolving? I am impatient. :)

Frank is quietly (and happily) working with Ashok.

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On 7/18/2019 at 11:47 PM, DonRocks said:

Frank is quietly (and happily) working with Ashok.

Yeah I figured - I was just wondering if there was any more news on exactly what that was evolving in to. Really looking forward to having his food again.

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1 hour ago, ktmoomau said:

Well that will be an interesting one to follow- it doesn't seem to be narrowly tailored enough to me, plus given he was terminated, but who knows...

Non-competes are horrible, horrible things and should be made completely illegal.  I wish him the best of luck.  No clue on the chance of success in DC, but under MD law, being fired vs. quitting isn't relevant to the suit.

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I don't have a dog in this fight, but that's not going to prevent me from shooting my mouth off! 

I've never eaten Ruta's food (I tragically missed the whole Palena thing somehow) and I've never eaten at Mirabelle, but this lawsuit seems so petty, vindictive, mean spirited and Trumpian, that I see no reason to ever go to Mirabelle or any of Hakan Ilhan's restaurants.  My little protest-of-one is not going to be felt, especially since I've never been a customer of any of Ilhan's places, but I'm not going to give my money to places that I disagree with politically or ones that are run by jerks.

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34 minutes ago, Bart said:

this lawsuit seems so petty, vindictive, mean spirited and Trumpian, that I see no reason to ever go to Mirabelle or any of Hakan Ilhan's restaurants.  My little protest-of-one is not going to be felt, especially since I've never been a customer of any of Ilhan's places, but I'm not going to give my money to places that I disagree with politically or ones that are run by jerks.

You have no idea what Ilhan's political leaning is.  You are merely speculating and comparing him to Trump for no reason.  Are comparisons to Trump the new Godwin's law?  

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I would imagine, from an HR perspective, it would be pretty challenging to enforce the non-compete based on the broad generalities (10 miles is relatively significant in this case) making it somewhat easy to argue that it would prevent Frank from earning a living in a meaningful way.  Plus, based on the way it appeared, the termination on the front end likely could be viewed as voiding that non-compete unless there was some severance agreement also baked in.

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3 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

You have no idea what Ilhan's political leaning is.  You are merely speculating and comparing him to Trump for no reason.  Are comparisons to Trump the new Godwin's law?

Sorry if I wasn't clear on the political part.  I'm not judging him on his politics.  I'm judging him for being mean and petty and it reminded me how Trump spitefully fired the former Director of the FBI one day before his retirement date therefore cutting his retirement compensation.  Yeah, Frank signed the agreement, so that sort of negates my argument/feelings on this, but having him work in another restaurant won't hurt Mirabelle in any way.  Could you imagine Jose Andres doing this?!?!  Me neither.

Some of the places I won't go to for political (and other) reasons are Chic-Fil-a and Jimmy Johns.

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2 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

You have no idea what Ilhan's political leaning is.  You are merely speculating and comparing him to Trump for no reason.  Are comparisons to Trump the new Godwin's law?  

Long after Trump is gone from the political landscape (and assuming we are still around) I think that the term "trumpian" will resound.  That is my opinion.  It might have NO political orientation.  It will reflect on his personality. 

I personally hate that personality type; self centered to the extreme, loyalty is a one way route; you 100% loyal to him-he not having an ounce of loyalty to you.  Selfish, demanding, completely oblivious to the "rule of law".  A world class liar.  ......need I go on?

When I worked as a commercial real estate agent I used to run into some disagreeable people like him.  They owned real estate companies.  They were self styled little kings in their own family businesses--the omnipotent one.  None displayed all of the qualities tRump has.

The opposite type of person might be reflected in this type of personality type and could handle other types of jobs:  Link

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39 minutes ago, DaveO said:

Long after Trump is gone from the political landscape (and assuming we are still around) I think that the term "trumpian" will resound.  That is my opinion.  It might have NO political orientation.  It will reflect on his personality. 

I personally hate that personality type; self centered to the extreme, loyalty is a one way route; you 100% loyal to him-he not having an ounce of loyalty to you.  Selfish, demanding, completely oblivious to the "rule of law".  A world class liar.  ......need I go on?

When I worked as a commercial real estate agent I used to run into some disagreeable people like him.  They owned real estate companies.  They were self styled little kings in their own family businesses--the omnipotent one.  None displayed all of the qualities tRump has.

The opposite type of person might be reflected in this type of personality type and could handle other types of jobs:  Link

I've been catching up on my Twilight Zone watching and last night I caught this obscure episode, One More Pallbearer. The lead character, Paul Radin, is positively Trumpian. Nothing to do with politics. He's a mean-spirited, petty, resentful, bullying man (and a real estate developer to boot!). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_More_Pallbearer

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On 9/25/2019 at 7:58 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

He's getting sued for violating a non-compete.  Anna Spiegel for Washingtonian.

Sorry, I haven't had internet access for several days, and am just catching up. If either Frank or Aggie wish to come forward about the issues surrounding their termination (including any monies owed to them), I can perhaps verify that they turned to me for help shortly afterwards.

[Please understand that I need to delete any political posts in this thread, although I do think the "T-word" is in the process of entering our lexicon without necessarily having political ramifications (refer to "quisling," "hanjian," etc.)]

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Leaving politics aside, I can say that as a former patron of Mirabelle when Chef Ruta was there, and a current patron under the new regime, I am unlikely to return based on what I've read thus far, though am open to hearing more about what sounds like a potentially nuanced situation.

I've no axe to grind with Hakhan Ilhan, but this makes two of his places I won't patronize (the other being Al Dente, for obvious reasons).

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Just because you can do something does not mean you should.  I am hard pressed to see how Frank's employment can do actual harm to Mr Ilhan's empire. He very publicly repudiated Frank's cooking by very publicly parting ways with him, tossing out the old concept, etc.  I am not a fan of his empire so I will not be able to withdraw my business from it, but I htink a lot of Frank's fans might feel like doing so.  

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As a PR professional who often works on legal issues, I’d just like to say there are times when it is better to listen to your PR professional than your lawyer. This would be such an example. (Though as a PR professional, rarely do people listen to us over their lawyers). 🙁

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