My phone is blowing off the hook: several customers of The Chesterfield, the popular cocktail spot downtown, were witnesses to what appears to be an attempted coup d’etat. According to the customers, police showed up and attempted to escort manager Eddie “Lucky” Campbell off the premises. “Two guys in suits came in and took Lucky to the side and started asking him question,” said one female customer. “Within minutes a couple of Dallas police officers arrived.” Another witness and frequent customer of the bar says, “Ed Bailey [majority owner of The Chesterfield] was trying to have Lucky kicked out of his own bar. All of the employees were really upset and ready to walk out with him.” I tried to reach Campbell but he has not answered phone calls or emails. I have learned that the police couldn’t escort Campbell from the premises because it was a civil matter. Another customer said he was in a group of people who were questioned by the “guys in suits.” “Yeah, the suits were from Patrizio [another restaurant under the Bailey’s Prime Plus umbrella]. They were asking the employees about the working conditions and basically trying to get dirt on Lucky.”
Needless to say, there is more to the story and hopefully I will hear back soon from both sides.