Edens executives involved with Eskridge (E&A) did not return repeated phone calls, and the law firm representing Eskridge (E&A), Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, declined to comment. According to the complaint, the landlord wants to take possession of the property immediately.
Cooper could not immediately be reached for comment.
The James Beard Award-winning Cooper opened Gypsy Soul last July, amid generally positive reviews. The Post's Tom Sietsema loved the chef's chicken skins, part of the "pantry snacks" section of the menu.
"Order a stack and taste for yourself," the critic wrote in his October 2014 review. "The 'cracklins,' amped up with cayenne, paprika and garlic, sound off in more ways than one when they hit your tongue. The introduction also primes diners for a meal that will be anything but ordinary. On the food horizon are categories with names such as 'leaves and liquids' and animal parts that extend beyond the usual tongue and ears. Cooper, 46, even infuses some poetry into the mix."
The eviction summons in Fairfax was filed less than two months after the Coopers settled a similar eviction order at their Rogue 24 restaurant in Blagden Alley. In a March complaint filed in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of D.C. Superior Court, Cooper's landlord, Jemal's Blagden Alley, claimed the chef and his wife owed $26,396 in back rent dating from Sept. 1, 2014 to March 10.
The case was dismissed on March 23 when the Coopers paid off the debt.
Meanwhile, the Coopers are still mired in a December 2013 breach of contract lawsuit filed by Hilda Staples, a partner in the restaurant. Several days after the original complaint was filed, the Coopers countersued Staples for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties. Both sides continue to file motions, arguing for summary judgment on the case.
A mediation session between the parties is scheduled for Thursday, July 9.
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