NEW YORK — President Trump’s company settled its lawsuit against chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who ditched plans for a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington because of the president’s campaign comments about Mexicans.
The lawsuit was one of two that Trump filed in 2015 against restaurateurs who abandoned plans to establish eateries in the 263-room hotel, located in the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, less than a mile from the White House. The other suit was filed against celebrity chef Jose Andres, who settled with Trump last week.
Zakarian and Andres canceled their planned restaurants after Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by calling some Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
The New York-based Trump Organization had been seeking about $14 million in damages in the case. Details of the accord weren’t released Monday.
“We are pleased we were able to amicably resolve our differences and wish Geoffrey continued success,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a written statement.