Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang and wife charged in fight with ex-girlfriend

June 27, 2013

Erik Bruner-Yang, the chef-owner behind the hugely popular Toki Underground, and his new bride pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault after a nasty run-in with the chef’s former girlfriend.

The fight began after his ex posted a Facebook comment about the couple’s June 1 wedding, report our colleagues Tim Carman and Peter Hermann.

Erik Bruner-Yang. (Kyle Gustafson)
Erik Bruner-Yang. (Kyle Gustafson)

According to court documents, it all started at 6:45 a.m.Wednesday, when the woman opened the back door of her Brightwood house to find Bruner-Yang’s wife, Seda Nak, allegedly yelling, “What do you want to say now? What do you want to do now?” Nak allegedly forced her way into the house and pushed the woman, according to D.C. Superior Court charging documents; a man at the house separated them and shoved Nak outside.

Instead of going home, Nak and Bruner-Yang kept up their threats — and the man came outside, leading to another dust-up in which he sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.

At Thursday’s arraignment, the bride pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault, unlawful entry and attempted threats; her groom pleaded not guilty to assault and attempted threats. Both were released and ordered to stay away from the former girlfriend’s house.

Bruner-Yang, whose H Street NE ramen restaurant has gained national attention, and his wife could not be reached for comment; the ex declined via e-mail. Next hearing for the chef is scheduled for July 12.

Earlier: Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang sets sights on a bigger stage, 3/26/13

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