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Matt McCallister And Filament Face Lawsuit Alleging Unpaid Rent

The chef’s former landlord is seeking more than $1 million in damages

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Chef Matt McCallister

A recently-filed lawsuit alleges that Chef Matt McCallister and his business partners in Filament broke the lease for the Deep Ellum restaurant’s space when it closed.

The suit, filed in Dallas County in September, alleges that Filament and McCallister owe more than $1 million in unpaid rent and other costs to AP Deep Ellum, the landlord for the space at 2626 Main Street. According to court documents, the landlord stopped receiving rent payments in August, the month that the restaurant closed its doors. McCallister and his partners had signed a ten-year lease, and the landlord is seeking all of the rent that would have been due in that time period, among other damages.

The suit further alleges that the landlord was responsible for removing and storing equipment that was used in the restaurant after it closed. Both McCallister and the limited liability corporation formed for Filament are named in the suit, but former managing partner Jeffrey Gregory’s name doesn’t appear anywhere in the filings. “I don’t have a million dollars,” McCallister told Eater when reached for comment. “At the end of the day, nothing can be done to me from their end. I don’t have any money to pay them.”

News of the suit comes just a few days after Eater reported that former Filament line cooks allege that they were not paid in full when the restaurant closed its doors in August. According to those former kitchen employees, final paychecks issued by the restaurant only amounted to 82.5 percent of wages owed, which for at least one employee meant being stiffed more than $500.

Court records don’t indicate that McCallister or his attorneys have officially responded to the lawsuit as of yet. Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.


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