Bill Sadler, owner of Arturo’s Uptown Italiano, sent word today saying the suit pitting the restaurant and its former chef Arturo Boada has been settled.
Boada abruptly left Arturo's Uptown Italian in March of 2011. He returned to the kitchen in May 2011 with Arturo Boada Cuisine.
In a news release, Sadler says:
“From the beginning I felt that Boada suing us didn’t make sense. The amount we settled for was what I originally would have paid him for his shares plus the real estate, so what was the point? I did learn that lawsuits are an expensive way to settle a dispute, but once the suit was filed our restaurant had no choice but to defend itself. Anyway, I’m glad it’s over and am very happy with the outcome. I wish Mr. Boada well in his future endeavors. Now the staff and I can continue making Arturo’s Uptown Italiano even better. Our new chef has put a fantastic team together, so look for great things to come out of our kitchen.”
Here’s the rest of the press release:
After leaving Arturo’s Uptown Italiano in March, 2011, Boada filed suit against his former employer, demanding that they stop using the name “Arturo’s.” In a Federal Court hearing Boada requested a Preliminary Injunction on that point, but the presiding Magistrate Judge denied that request and this ruling was affirmed by the District Judge. In April of 2012, by agreement of both parties, the issue of naming rights was dismissed from the case. Arturo’s Uptown Italiano can keep the name that it spent six years establishing.
Naming rights dealt with, there were some other issues still subject to a full trial. As that trial date neared, all parties agreed to a settlement resulting in both sides dismissing their claims against the other. Sadler paid a cash sum for Boada’s share of Arturo’s Uptown Italiano and Boada’s share of a separate real estate venture they owned together. Sadler now owns 100% of Arturo’s Uptown Italiano and the real estate venture. Sadler was ably represented by the legal firm of Plummer and Farmer and the Buche Law Firm.