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David Meinert, Accused of Rape, No Longer Owns Lost Lake and Comet Tavern

Meinert has also sold his stake in Grim’s and Guild Seattle, according to business partners

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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.

Posted by Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Queer/Bar

1518 11th Avenue, , WA 98122 (206) 687-7491 Visit Website

The 5 Point Cafe

415 Cedar Street, , WA 98121 (206) 448-9991 Visit Website

Grim's Provisions and Spirits

1512 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 324-7467 Visit Website

Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

1505 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 323-5678 Visit Website

Comet Tavern

922 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 323-5678 Visit Website

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