Mike “Thriller” Hiller of EscapeHatchDallas is reporting Kent Rathbun has resigned from Abacus.
I happened to be on the phone with a friend of mine who is good friends with the Rathbun when I got a text with the news. They were surprised but admitted that Rathbun had been struggling with his partners at Abacus for some time. He’d offered to buy them out and they declined. I wonder if his deals at DFW are lost in the deal.
Here’s the official statement:
Kent Rathbun has resigned from Kent Rathbun Concepts. Although he will be relinquishing his day to day activities to pursue other avenues of interest, he remains to be a part of this company. We are currently exploring his new role and welcome his continued engagement for the benefit of our guests, staff and company. We are extremely proud of the culinary talent we have placed in each restaurant and look forward to continuing to serve our valued guests.
Huh? I’ve got a call in to Rathbun for clarification. And will link to Hiller’s post when it becomes available. Onward, Big Daddy!
Update: Rathbun will remain a partner in Kent Rathbun Concepts, but he won’t be involved with the day-to-day activities of Jasper’s, Abacus, or Hickory.