Add to the roll of Bitchin’ Boston Family Feuds this Sunday Boston Globe feature by staffer Jenn Abelson and venerable correspondent Walter Robinson.
Back to Sunday’s Globe piece:
He built a restaurant group out of talent and toughness, but now Charlie Sarkis has to sell – sundering his cherished empire, and, with it, his family.
Charlie Sarkis, as is his habit, is in the middle of a fight.
On the March voice mail, the raspy voice is unmistakably that of the legendary impresario behind such dining destinations as Abe & Louie’s steakhouse and Joe’s American Bar & Grill. Sarkis can be heard beseeching a politically-connected friend to remove “a pain in the ass’’ from a Back Bay architectural board, someone he considers a nuisance to his restaurant empire.
Then there is the threatening memo from a lawyer for Sarkis warning one of his company’s top executives to sign a noncompete agreement or face dismissal. And finally, there’s the terse e-mail sent to Sarkis’s events manager, putting her on indefinite leave without pay.
In each case, the target of Sarkis’s ire is one of his own children.
It’s a totally dirtlicious romp through the Fall of the House of Sarkis, including this eyebrow raising passage:
Charlie Sarkis and his second wife, Jolene, agreed to an interview with the Globe but later canceled the meeting. Jolene Sarkis, a former publisher of Fortune magazine, asked for a detailed list of questions by e-mail and then said she would not answer them, citing what she said were restrictions in the sales agreement with Tavistock [the private equity firm buying 19 of Sarkis’s 33 restaurants].
That’s a bit vague, so the hardworking staff wonders which of these two scenarios is accurate:
1) Jolene Sarkis asked for a detailed list of questions, the Globe provided them, and then she said she would not answer them.
2) Jolene Sarkis asked for a detailed list of questions, the Globe did not provide them, and then she said she would not answer them.
Inquiring minds want to know, so the hardworking staff is emailing Jenn Abelson for clarification.
We’ll keep you posted.