By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Thursday, August 13, 2015
He closed his old Bar One site on Memorial Drive in Grant Park last fall and left without a lot of kind words to say about the neighbors there. At the time, he said he hoped the historically black neighborhood in the Auburn Ave. area would be more hospitable than Grant Park.
Thomas couldn't be reached for comment but his executive chef Natasha Wong said the space is larger than the one in Grant Park. "It's going to still have the same feel as far as his design," she said. "There's an outdoor patio he's going to call South Beach with cabanas."
The renovations have clearly been going slowly at the new site.
Straight From The A posted an eviction notice in June from landlord Yanise Vincent to Thomas for non-payment of rent in the amount of $1,869. In a brief phone interview today, Vincent declined to comment but presumably, Thomas did end up paying up since he is still working on the building.
UPDATE August 17, 2015: Thomas informed Straight that the eviction notice was for a different business across the street. I have no idea why the landlord refused to say anything to me.
"Real Housewives" filmed at the original Bar one several times while it was open and also featured the opening party of his Sports One bar in Charlotte last season. That was when season 7 cast member Claudia Jordan flirted with Kordell Stewart, a co-owner and former husband of Porsha Williams, an on-and-off cast member of the show.