Well, this is abrupt: Max's Wine Dive in Dallas has parted ways with manager Paul Pinnell, according to a release sent out on Saturday.
Pinnell is a well-known figure in Dallas' restaurant scene, having been the general manager at Nana for many years before opening Dali Wine Bar at One Arts Plaza. Dali was shut down by One Arts Plaza developer Lucy Billingsley in July 2010, and Pinnell departed for New Orleans, where he was General Manager of the Rib Room at the Omni Hotel.
When they're sending out a release on Saturday, that can't be good. It reads:
As of Saturday, October 13, Paul Pinnell is no longer with Max’s Wine Dive. The team at Lasco Enterprises and Max's Wine Dive wishes him well.
'Paul was essential in putting together the Max’s Wine Dive opening team and played a large part in having such a successful opening. We wish Paul the best in his future endeavors. We have begun our search for a new GM in accordance with our company’s philosophy, objectives and core values,' said Rick Van Pelt, president of Lasco Enterprises.
Mark Cotton will be the interim general manager while the Lasco team conducts a search for a replacement. In the meantime, the company reports that the Max’s staff in the restaurant is strong, the kitchen is humming and business has been excellent since opening last month."