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Trump Organization, Restaurateur José Andrés Settle Legal Dispute

Business relationship soured over immigration rhetoric

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President Donald Trump.
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Restaurateur José Andrés and the company founded by President Donald Trump have settled a long-running legal challenge stemming from Andrés’ decision to abandon plans to open a restaurant in Trump International Hotel after the then-candidate repeatedly assailed undocumented immigrants in campaign speeches.

The Washington Post reports that the Trump Organization, which is now overseen by Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump, and ThinkFoodGroup (Andrés’ hospitality outfit), officially buried the hatchet in a joint statement.

“I am glad that we are able to put this matter behind us and move forward as friends,” Trump Jr. said in the release. “Since opening in September 2016, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. has been an incredible success and our entire team has great respect for the accomplishments of both José and TFG. Without question, this is a ‘win-win’ for both of our companies.”

“At TFG, we have long been committed to using our resources to improve the D.C. community as well as the lives of those less fortunate by our active involvement in D.C. Central Kitchen, World Central Kitchen and many other worthwhile causes. Going forward, we are excited about the prospects of working together with the Trump Organization on a variety of programs to benefit the community,” Andres said in the same statement.

The undisclosed deal draws to a close a feud that had been simmering for nearly two years. According to the Post, a companion suit involving chef Geoffrey Zakarian is expected to continue.