^
Keep New Times Free
4

Feuding Seasalt and Pepper Owners Close to Buyout Deal

The feuding owners of Seasalt and Pepper have nearly reached a deal where real estate developer Carlos Miranda would buy out nightclub designer Stephane Dupoux's half of the business for an undisclosed sum.

According to state corporation documents filed in late April, Miranda made a request to remove Dupoux's name from Seasalt and Pepper LLC, which manages the posh riverside restaurant. Dupoux would remain a partner in the restaurant's holding company, but would officially be out of its day-to-day operations, which he said has been the case since he was forced out earlier this year.

See also: Former Seasalt and Pepper Manager, DJ Sue Posh Restaurant

Dupoux said the deal was supposed to be sealed on July 1, but that Miranda and lawyers have been stalling.

"They don't have the money," he said, "that's my suspicion."

Dupoux sued Miranda in Miami-Dade circuit court earlier this year claiming he was barred from management and that the restaurant's strategy was changed from the initial vision he and Miranda agreed upon. Dupoux claims the restaurant has been earning upwards of $300,000 weekly.

"No settlement that has been finalized," the restaurant's attorney Robert Zarco said.

A number of employees brought by Dupoux and hired with contracts said they were let go due to the souring of the partners' relationship. Former assistant manager Christophe Chalange filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on June 2 alleging Seasalt broke a six-month contract and hasn't paid him since he was he laid off in early March.

Zarco said when the rift between Dupoux and Miranda opened, many employees announced their allegiance, putting the operations of the restaurant in jeopardy.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

"The chef as well as some members of the kitchen advised that if Stephane gets back into management, they will leave the restaurant," he told New Times in early May.

Seasalt opened to a flurry of publicity earlier this year and in its first weeks hosted a bevy of celebrities, including Jay Z, Beyoncé, and the Estefans all on the same night.

For more follow Zach on Twitter or Instagram.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.