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Chef Jesus Garcia OUT at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi

Major shakeup at Fort Worth's critically lauded Japanese restaurant Little Lilly Sushi: Chef Jesus Garcia has been fired — or left voluntarily, depending on who you ask.

In a series of tweets posted Sunday evening that have since been deleted from the restaurant's Twitter account, Garcia claimed that the restaurant's owners had accused him of "stealing their customers" through his pop-up events, which in recent months have included collaborations with nearby restaurants like Revolver Taco Lounge and Tokyo Cafe.

Reached for comment via email, Garcia explained that the apparent firing occurred during Sunday afternoon's Burgers & Brews pop-up he was hosting in conjunction with fellow Fort Worth restaurant Far Out Burgers. Unlike previous popups that Garcia has had a hand in, this one was being held at Little Lilly — something he says he received permission from the owners to do. By the end of the first course, though, Garcia says the restaurant's locks were being changed and he received email notifications that he'd been locked out of his business email account as well as the restaurant's Facebook page. According to a report by, "owner Danny Liu says Garcia left of his own accord, after a verbal altercation with a dishwasher."

The restaurant's owners tweeted the following Monday morning:

Under Garcia's leadership, not-quite-two-year-old Little Lilly garnered an impressive four-star review from the Dallas Morning News and also earned a spot on Texas Monthly's "Best New Restaurants of 2014" list.

So what's next for the talented 26-year-old? He says he was already considering a possible move to Seattle, the Bay Area or Chicago, or perhaps elsewhere in DFW — but yesterday's events will force him to do more than just ponder.

· Little Lilly Sushi [Twitter]
· Little Lilly Sushi Chef Makes Stormy Exit []
· A Closer Look at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi [-EDFW-]

[Photo: Robert Strickland/EDFW]

Little Lilly Sushi

6100 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76116 817 989 8886