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John Tesar, Aphelia Restaurant Group (Oak, Bolero, Royale Magnificent Burgers) have parted ways


If you want drama — in real life, on television or across Twitter — the universe rewards you with John Tesar, the talented chef behind Knife steakhouse and, until now, Bolero, Oak, Quill and Royale Magnificent Burgers.

Tesar and Aphelia Restaurant Group are said to have parted ways late last week.  The usually outspoken Tesar, who leaves town soon for a television project, referred questions to Aphelia’s owners, who have not responded to an inquiry.

My bet: watch for a press release a few hours after you read this post.

Update: Tesar confirms the breakup, which he says was amicable, and that he is proud of what he’s accomplished with the Aphelia team. “I’ve set up Bolero, Oak and Royale with three talented young chefs who are ready to sail on their own. Meanwhile, I’m focusing more on my book, television projects and future independent projects. As for Gravy, well, that won’t be opening as I had planned, but I am looking at doing some other restaurants that I think Dallas will like.” Like what? “A unique boutique burger place in a food hall project, more Knife restaurants and maybe even a return of Spoon.”

Update 2: An owner of Aphelia also confirms the split. 

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