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Nov 13, 2012 10:36 AM

San Diego Restaurateur Does What He Can for Family and Friends

James Brennan has been maligned here for his management style and many don't like his executive chef's styling in the restaurants here, but read this UT article and watch the 60 minutes clip.

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  1. Who told the U-T? Sorry to be so cynical. I smell PR and self-congratulation.

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    1. re: pickypicky

      Surely you jest- from the guy who used his own restaurant list to spam customers into voting for a candidate the UT also endorsed for mayor? With ethics like these...

      1. re: pickypicky

        Maybe so, but he's put his money where his mouth is in a very big way. I think Brennan deserves kudos for actually doing something to help (to the tune of $600k+ so far I believe).

        1. re: pickypicky

          You might say that it sounds like a bunch of malarkey.

          [sorry :) ]

        2. It fails to mention they bragged about firing employees if Obamacare stands after the election. I hope he doesn't employ family and friends.

          1. "He briefly considered chartering planes and airlifting hundreds of now-homeless New Yorkers to San Diego. But this was impractical, when even regularly scheduled flights could not get into or out of New York."

            ...oh really? I wonder if he also instructed his NY business partner Demien Farrell to construct an Ark when he heard Sandy was coming.

            Why would he bring them to San Diego? Not just a safe area, but San Diego. As if he ,the guy who won't pay his own employees health insurance, was going to take care of them.

            1. I hate to say this but it is just a PR move on his part. There is NOTHING ethical about Breenan. I like how he hasn't shaved and tries to " blend in "...

              1. Give the guy some credit for doing something worthwhile. He may not be perfect but deserves credit. I have family in Breezy Point and can understand his desire to help. Cut him some slack.

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                1. re: LadyEats

                  I think that it is great that he is helping... But the whole PR and self promotion campaign around it is what I find uncalled for.

                  1. re: Chowchowchris

                    I think the Bible had something to say about this kind of helping.

                    1. re: Chowchowchris

                      Yep. Received an email today about the touting the work "our CEO" has done, before asking for donations. I'm sure that he is sincere in his efforts, given that it is his hometown, but the email left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended).