Gordon Ramsay Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit from Business Partner
Rowen Seibel has sued the "Hell's Kitchen" chef over their now-closed Fat Cow restaurant, claiming Ramsay intended to flip the restaurant into GR Roast, now in its space.
Chef Gordon Ramsay has been slapped with a lawsuit from business partner Rowen Seibel, who's suing him for $10 million over L.A. eatery Fat Cow, according to Eater LA.
The two opened the gastropub together at The Grove a year and a half ago, but closed in February due to not having rights to the name. Ramsay claimed it was something he only became aware of after opening. Seibel, however, said around the time of the close that Ramsay knew about the trademarked name from the start and claims he "deliberately mishandled a trademark problem."
Seibel alleged, "Ramsay formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord to allow a new restaurant, GR Roast, to operate in The Fat Cow's space."
GR Roast will supposedly appear on Fox's Hell's Kitchen while Seibel is not a partner in the new restaurant. Ramsay's camp has responded with the following:
"We're surprised that Mr. Seibel has the audacity to file this ridiculous suit when he and his team were responsible for the day to day running of The Fat Cow and spectacularly mismanaged it resulting in a string of financial and legal issues. Gordon Ramsay and his team immediately stepped in and tried to resolve these issues, but Seibel refused to engage in any meaningful conversations, rendering the restaurant unsustainable. Throughout, Ramsay was very forthcoming with Seibel that any future plan for another restaurant partnership in Los Angeles was impossible due to Seibel’s refusal to operate and fund the restaurant properly, sadly including Seibel diverting funds from the business."
Ramsay is no stranger to lawsuits, having been sued by Fat Cow employees claiming to have been paid less than minimum wage or not at all.