Posted October 15, 2019 11:30:25A few months after he left prison, Daniel W. Smith, a white, middle-aged man with a gray mustache, took his wife and three children to a family-owned restaurant, the Bistro at the New Orleans Hotel, in a tiny, windowless room in a corner of the restaurant’s restaurant section.
Mr. Smith and his wife, Amy, and their three children, who are both women, were eating at the restaurant on the weekends, when they met and decided to move in together.
A few months later, Mr. and Mrs. Smith opened the restaurant in an apartment on the first floor.
They opened two other businesses there, and Mr. Williams’ former restaurant was the subject of a recent lawsuit by the owner of the two restaurants, Michael R. Hickey, alleging that he paid Mr. Hics to shut down the two businesses, which had been operating for decades, because he was a tenant.
The lawsuit says Mr. Bowers, the owner, gave Mr. Dickey the keys to his own business to make the arrangement work.
Mr Bowers said in court papers that he is not involved with the two stores and that he had no knowledge of Mr. W.S. selling the restaurant to Mr. Coughlin.
Mr Dickey, who owns the Biscuit Bar and Grill in New Orleans, declined to comment.
Mr W.s. lawyers, Mark A. Dyer and Scott F. O’Brien, did not respond to requests for comment.
“He’s not here to be a lawyer,” Mr. O.
Brien said of Mr Bower.
“It’s not something he wants to talk about.”
But he said that Mr. S. had been a longtime tenant of the B&B, which has been in the New Paris neighborhood since the mid-1990s.
He said Mr. T. had not been there for a long time and that Mr S. “was not interested in a fight.”
Mr. G. said Mr B. was an employee at the B & B and had been with the company since 2008.
Mr S., who did not have a lawyer with him, has denied the allegations.
“I am not the boss of anyone,” Mr G. wrote in a text message to The Wall St. Journal.
“If I did have the power to make any decisions, I would do the opposite.”
Mr G.’s lawyer, Mark J. Gantner, did provide a copy of the contract for Mr. J.B. Williams to sign.
The contract is signed by Mr. K. and Mr G., and Mr J. is listed as the agent of Mr J.’s son, David.
Mr J., who was born in New York, said he never knew Mr G or Mr B.’s business, the G & B, had an office or that Mr G was the owner.
He added that Mr B and Mr S were his clients, and that his son, who has no knowledge about the restaurant, had never been there.
Mr G also denied that the contract had been signed in secret and that there was anything wrong with the agreement.
“The contract was written in writing,” Mr J said.
“Everything was done in good faith.”
In his deposition in the lawsuit, Mr K. also disputed that Mr Williams had a “power to dictate” the terms of the agreement and said he had “no knowledge of the business going bankrupt.”
He said that when Mr Williams came to his restaurant with the money, he asked Mr T. to sell the Boulangerie and the New Park, two of its locations, for $300,000.
Mr T, who was not there when the business went bankrupt, said that he didn’t have the money to pay Mr. R. and said Mr G had offered him $250,000 to sell one of his locations.
Mr R. said he was told that Mr T was interested in the business and that “he was going to buy the New Parks.”
Mr T did not know that Mr W was the manager, Mr J wrote.
Mr Coughlins office is a few blocks away, Mr C. said.
Mr Hickey’s attorney, Michael G. Fischbach, declined comment.
A spokesman for Mr Williams, Paul T. Ouellette, said the lawsuit was being filed because Mr B, who Mr B said was “loyal and helpful,” wanted to keep the business afloat, despite his financial problems.
Mr Ouellett said that the lawsuit “is not about Mr B.”
“It is about a business that was run by a man who is a fraud,” Mr Ouletle said.
The lawyer for Mr G said in a statement that Mr J had been paying Mr B to buy Mr Williams’ business, but Mr J was not the owner or any other person who owned the business.