Morgan has declared his “free agent” status, and will not be returning as chef at clarklewis. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.
I broke this story here this afternoon, but now The Oregonian has some more information.
During the implosion, Brownlow lost his 50 percent ownership, leading to a growing dispute with David Howitt, the venture capitalist who took over ownership last spring after infusing Clarklewis with enough money to regroup.
Howitt says he and Brownlow, 35, parted ways because of economic differences. “When I stepped in,” he says, “I said, ‘This is your place now. I don’t expect it to be a huge profit center. But I can’t come out of pocket every month to finance your dreams. He is a brilliant chef, a visionary for recipes and menu building. But he just wasn’t able to bring all of that into a model that could sustain from an economic perspective.”
“Yes, I paid the highest kitchen wages in town,” Brownlow says, “and I bought the best ingredients.” But Brownlow says he was not given all the numbers, and that there “were too many hands in the cookie jar” trying to run the show.
Rumor on the street: the restaurant has already slipped in quality. Time will tell.
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