In the wake of sexual misconduct and rape allegations by five women, Seattle restaurateur David Meinert has sold his stake in Capitol Hill businesses Comet Tavern, Lost Lake Cafe, Grim’s, and Guild Seattle, according to his business partners.
Jason Lajeunesse is now sole owner of Comet Tavern, 24-hour diner Lost Lake Cafe, and management company Guild Seattle, according to a release from the company. Joey Burgess, who previously bought out Meinert’s investment in Queer/Bar, is now sole owner of multi-level bar Grim’s after buying Meinert and Lajeunesse’s shares of that venture.
Given that posters calling for a boycott of Lost Lake and Comet Tavern recently appeared on Capitol Hill utility poles, it’s no surprise Facebook pages for both establishments announced the split with Meinert prominently, saying, “David Meinert is no longer an owner at Lost Lake Cafe, Comet Tavern or Guild Seattle. We look forward to continuing to focus our energies on creating a great work environment.” The boycott posters have been removed.
This is continuing fallout for Meinert, who last week faced backlash from musicians he represented, politicians whose campaigns he contributed to, and more. He still owns Belltown’s 5 Point Cafe, though, where he remains active.
- Five Women Accuse 5 Point Cafe Owner of Rape and Sexual Misconduct [ESEA]
- Posters Urging a Boycott of David Meinert Restaurants Are All Over Capitol Hill [ESEA]
- Backlash Grows Against Dave Meinert, the Restaurateur Accused of Rape [ESEA]
- Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge [Facebook]
- All Coverage of the 5 Point Cafe [ESEA]