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February 25, 2010

Timothy Dean mystery solved

Chef Timothy DeanWhen a new restaurant opens, I usually want to know all about the chef, not the owner.

But I've been curious about ownership of Prime Steakhouse, which opens Friday in the location once occupied by Timothy Dean Bistro and TD Lounge, because chef Timothy Dean has made a point of saying he's not part of it.

"I have chosen to remove myself as executive Chef and Owner in order to become a consultant for Prime Steakhouse," Dean said in a news release.

In separate interviews, Dean and the restaurant's office manager both declined to identify the owners. All Dean would say was, "It's a group of investors who don't want to be disclosed."

Well, there are personal wants and then there's the law. If you own a restaurant that serves liquor, your name is on file with the Liquor Board. And for Prime Steakhouse, the owner listed on that public record is none other than Timothy Dean.

Dean's contention that he does not own Prime Steakhouse came as a surprise to the city Liquor Board, which was alerted to the chef's comments posted on this blog yesterday.

The board has contacted Dean's lawyer and sent the chef a letter asking him to disclose who owns the restaurant if he doesn't, board Chairman Steve Fogleman told me this afternoon. In board records, Dean is the liquor licensee, Fogleman said.

"If there's a liquor license, you have to disclose the ownership," Fogleman said.

And there's no hiding behind one of those sneaky LLCs. "That can include disclosure of limited liability agreements," Fogleman said.

If Dean has sold the business to someone else, the liquor board has to approve the transfer of the liquor license, Fogleman said.

"We've been in contact with his lawyer and we sent him a letter that if he's transferring a license, a proper application has to be filed," he said.

I could not immediately reach Dean and his lawyer, Peter Prevas. I'll update this post when I hear from them.

Dean has had problems with previous businesses. Just a year ago, a judge ordered him to pay $10,801.70 to Carey Sales & Services, a restaurant supply company.

Lots of restaurants have had trouble in this economy. But the chef's statements about Prime Steakhouse's ownership are creating problems for his new venture even before it opens its doors.

Baltimore Sun file photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 2:31 PM | | Comments (58)
        

Comments

"Well, there are personal wants and then there's the law." Whoa, great investigative work!!

Bazinga!

One might also wonder how someone with no ownership in a business is going to franchise it all over the country.

Or maybe it's owned by reclusive billionaire, Shmimothy Shmeen.

If I am not mistaken, Peter Prevas was/is the attorney for Suite ultralounge.

You know....THAT Suite ultralounge.

Liquorboarding is my hero.

Great work LV.

Hey sean.........

Yes?

Spank!

Oh, sorry, were you trying to make a point? Maybe you feel that a civil judgment against someone justifies calling him a thief? Show me where Timothy Dean has been convicted of theft and I'll agree that he's a thief. Otherwise, LV was right to delete the "thief" posts.

In case you missed the point, theft is a criminal charge.

Like I said before, i don't east steak, so I won't be going to any steak houses anytime soon. And it certainly sounds like TD has some issues and is dealing in a rather shady fashion, to say the least. Fine. But coming on here to anonymously call someone a thief, with absolutely no justification, is just lame. That was my point before.

Also, Peter Prevas was/is the attorney for lots of folks, so I'm not sure what the point was there.

But thanks for playing, anyway!

And yes, great work LV!

I also don't north, south, or west steak. And I certainly don't make misteaks.

Why is everything so sketchy with Timothy Dean?

This sounds just like something Thomas Keller would do...you know, stiff vendors and make up an ownership group or whatever he 's trying to pull...if Thomas Keller can do it

LV, you are a TOTAL bad ass!! Nice work!

Captcha: Redeem {yourself} and {you shall prosper!}

So, he's not a thief because he was never prosecuted. OK great. And he eventually was ORDERED to pay for things that he didn't want to pay for initially.

Sorry I used the wrong werd.

My point is lets not support someone as sketchy as this man, who has an ego so big he compares himself to some of the most succesful chefs EVER, when he doesnt even have a good name in Baltimore. He should have never gotten this much face time to begin with. What about Jeff Smith or daniel chautist and countless other baltimore chefs who have a vested interest in the places where they also run the kitchen. As far as I know they aren't shadily trying to sell thier places and become "consultant" because they have such a bad rep no one wants to deal with them anymore.

He's not a "thief", you're right sean. He's just a dishonest "businessman", who gives others in his industry a bad rap.

Apology accepted.

Apology accepted.

Goodly sir blhablahchoneblablah,
Perhaps less libelous appellations such as bounder, ne'er-do-well, or scoundrel would suit your purposes without ruffling the quills of the Sun' solicitors. The legal definition of scoundrelry is notoriously piffly.

Regards,
Beverly and Vivian

Viv and Bev, perhaps "The Hamburgler"? No?

Maybe Grimace is more appropriate

All of you above are Insane! You pepole really are,obsessed with Chef Dean. Not one of you mention food or Prime Steak House food. As far as LV you are no Elizbeth Large there is no comparsions. I personally think your a cult maybe even the Klue Klax Klan with access to computers trying to perform a modern day lynching. I will be at Prime to support my Friend! All of you should be ashame of you pitfull souls.

Go Chef Dean do you thing Baby. You are by far the best Chef in Baltimore. How else could he have made 33 out of 50 best with a Lounge. Dame you are the Man!

As I read before and agree Chef Dean has great Laywers. Pete Prevas is hands down the best liquor licence lawyer in baltimore. I am sure Chef Dean has his bases covered.

Dame Chef Dean those white folk are crazy in Baltimore. Come back to DC Please! Even the food critic had her lynching rope out. Dame Chef I know Prime will be a huge hit with your imput. Best of Luck.

On another note, does Mr Tim D do a falafel creation?

Portraying a chef as Job is an interesting choice. Might I suggest something more like a cross between Sisyphus and the Artful Dodger. Both skilled, energetic, and dogged in determination.

If you hold yourself up as a "mastermind", expect the slings and arrows of those mere mortals here on Planet Ordinary.

"One day Yahweh said to Satan, 'Have you noticed Job? He holds fast to his perfect righteousness even though you persuaded me to destroy him for no reason.' "
Job 2:1, 3

"Great men are not always wise"
Job 32:9

Well said Dawn! I agree with you wholeheartedly.

I own several bars in Baltimore City. My name is on all the Liquor licences how ever I don't own any of the establishments. The liquor licence is considered a asset people. Wow Baltimore I have giving you people to much credit in the past.

To Dawn,

There is no Chef in Baltimore that can even come close to Chef Deans Cooking. As far as I know we are talking about a business that had issues not the Man! Chef Dean you are not only a great Chef but one hell of a Business man. Keep up the Great work!I will be at Prime for sure.

Jluv, if you're going to shill for "the Man", you should try to be a little more subtle,

This has gotten to personal Buddy. I happen to Like what Chef Dean has done for the youth and the community of Baltimore city. This Man Has a very Big Heart. Laurent!

Good lord.

This whole thing has gotten insane. Can we close this thread up for comments? Once people start accusing others (completely out of the blue) of being in a lynch mob or a (misspelled) KKK, it's time to shut it down and move on.

This has gotten to personal Buddy. I happen to Like what Chef Dean has done for the youth and the community of Baltimore city. This Man Has a very Big Heart. Laurent!

I do like the semi-German capitalization of some of these completely independent commenters.

I also like that Laurent! i now a battle cry. For what, I'm not sure. Zink!

Everybody, chillax and simmer down. This is getting just absurd and TD's supporters are doing more damage than good. TD score card: Fail, Fail, unknown.

While that doesn't add up to business genius, let's just wait and see what this upscale Sizzler/downscale Ruth's Chris does. Whatever. It's not open yet. Give yer pie holes a respite.

Peace, love, food. And chew slowly.

There's a difference between stirring the pot and throwing pots. No one ever says on their death bed, "I wish I had been meaner to people."

Oh, but isn't this the controversy that generates page views that Vozella was supposed to bring to make this blog a success?

Please find a new critic soon!

From what I understand, Ms Vozella did not come aboard to stir up controversy. Bottom line, Elizabeth Large would not have allowed that to happen. I think EL had far too much respect for the integrity of the readers of this blog first and foremost. And I don't think she would want something that she began to detoriorate into somethng so slight and trivial.

Yes, I agree. It is certainly time to move on from this and not allow detractors any more air time. Because LV still has not answered the question of where to get the best crab cake around here.

Balteater, I hardly think LV can be blamed for the comments of a few very rude folks.

OMG, so glad you're here.

Sean vs. OMG. OMG wins, flawless victory.

Woah.... reCaptcha: of slander. Really. Swear to blog.

Big gay bro hug to you sean! Let's motor on. I suspect there are many douches ahead. I hope we have the combined strength to get all Evinrude on their lame selves.

Just curious, does anyone know what happened with TB Bistro in National Harbor? I tried to find info but maybe I am just unskilled with the google machine. Did it ever open?

Belated point to LEC!

Not making up this Captcha: brother society

@James TD has not opened in the National harbor as of yet. To everyone else, Isn't this blog supposed to be about the food. Prime steakhouse has been running trials since early Feb. Can anyone comment on that experience? Why hate on TD, you know you don't have to go to the place.

James, Mr. Dean's proposed restaurant at National Harbor is currently tied up in litigation, as described in this story from the Gazette newspapers last December. Not only has the restaurant not opened, but all references to the restaurant "coming soon" have been removed from the National Harbor website.

Elizabeth Large would not have allowed that to happen.

Uh, anyone remember the multiple posts that EL wrote on Golden West that generated EXACTLY this sort of thing and went on for about 300 comments? Same as it ever was.

Point taken Owl. I believe what I was trying to say is that she would not have approved of bringing someone on who was controversial...Although she probably did not have much of a voice regarding whatever decision was/is made.

Because LV still has not answered the question of where to get the best crab cake around here.

Trixie,
Everybody knows its Koco's!

Trixie, I don't understand why people think LV is controversial. I hate to admit I never read her column in the Sun because I don't get the Sun and the Sun website is a mess. She seems informed, tenacious, and doesn't hide her opinions. I like that. Writers whose goal is to never offend anyone offend and bore me.

Just so we're clear, guys, you two do know you're saying the same thing, right? That LV isn't controversial. Trixie is saying that EL did approve of bringing LV in and would not have if she felt LV were controversial.

Again, just to be clear...

And once more, LV, great job so far! It's been interesting seeing how someone with a different background conducts this blog. While I, like many others, do miss EL, I'm enjoying your... edgier style, maybe?

Dean's contention that he does not own Prime Steakhouse came as a surprise to the city Liquor Board, which was alerted to the chef's comments posted on this blog yesterday.

This still amazes me! Dining blog, investigative journalism, muckraking, news maker, etc all in one! Cool. Cool cool cool!

This day, we are reminded of EL's words:

"More exciting news!!!!

At least temporarily, depending on how nice you are to her, my friend and colleague Laura Vozzella has agreed to take over Dining@Large after my last post. This is both good and bad. It's good because she's funny as well as bright and knowledgeable. (You know me. Of those three, I think funny is most important.) It's bad because I was hoping they would get someone who wouldn't be as good at blogging about restaurants and everything else as me."

Yes, sean, I see that we are saying the same thing. And I agree, I do like LV's style so far.

Trix, I wasn't sure OMG was hip to it...

recaptcha: the omnibus (blog). indeed.

There might be some trade-mark issues with the name as Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a restaurant by the same name...have to think he's protected it.

APA, a search of the USPTO online database turned us several dozen variations on the words "Prime" and "Steak House" (or "Steakhouse"), but none appeared to be exclusive to the Vongerichten dining empire.

Prime Steakhouse? Isn't that kind of generic and boring? Maybe if it was in 3-D.

A group of 6 of us went to Prime Steak House last night for the soft opening. We know see what all the excitement was about. The dining room warm and cozy with Frank Blue Eyes playing in the back ground. The Rib-eye and Strip steak are you won't believe this 16oz and under $30 with a side. I don't know what seasoning Chef Dean is using on the Steaks. One thing is for sure. It taste amazing! We will be back. Food and Staff outstanding.

How obvious.

Anonymous, you got a problem with me, or what?

Grammar will out.

TerrierGirl - I don't know, I think "Subpar groundbeef" may be a good name for a fast food place.

I think "Subpar groundbeef" may be a good name for a fast food place.

Hipster bar.

Oka I am so new to all of this and really not into the pointing of fingers but can we get our minds off of trying top destroy a man that is tryin to live in this industry. We all do things in this indrusty that may not taste good to one anothers palate. Soooo....eat somewhere else or give advice to help. We as a whole in this country need to lean on one another and exceed the wishes of those that choose to spend there hard earned to pantronize either one of our establishments. Get a life. Get focused with you. Make sure your kitchen is clean before you go throwing mess in anothers. We'll never excape hell throwing each other there first! Stay focused 5I'm and really see who is there for you. And to thine ownself be true!!

Oka I am so new to all of this and really not into the pointing of fingers but can we get our minds off of trying to destroy a man that is tryin to live in this industry. I mean come on guys or girls for that manner. We all do things in this indrusty that may not taste good to one anothers palate. Soooo....eat somewhere else or give advice to help. We lose wars because we choose to fight them alone and take down the same exact people that are on the battlefield fighting for the same objectives. We as a whole in this country need to lean on one another and exceed the wishes of those that choose to spend there hard earned to pantronize either one of our establishments. Get a life. Get focused with you. Make sure your kitchen is clean before you go throwing mess in anothers. We'll never excape hell throwing each other there first! Stay focused Tim and really see who is there for you. Some of the most successfull people in this world were murdered first by their own peers before being ressurected by hard work, deligence and determination. Most importantly..... To thine ownself be true!!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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