Jeffrey Chodorow (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Jeffrey Chodorow (born March 2, 1950 in New York City, New York) is an American restaurateur and financier.
Jeffrey Chodorow's father died when he was young and he was raised by his mother, a manicurist. He attended Wharton and has a law degree from University of Pennsylvania.
In the 1970s, Chodorow developed shopping centers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1987, then opened a Bojangles' restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Four years later, Chodorow resurrected the defunct airline Braniff International Airways as Braniff III. The reborn airline lasted for one year. Chodorow was convicted in 1994 of defrauding the U.S. Department of Transportation and obstructing a pending proceeding of the DOT. In return for his guilty plea to these charges, the government dropped additional charges that Chodorow committed bankruptcy fraud and fraudulently concealed assets from creditors.Chodorow was sent to jail for one year....During this time, Jack Polsenberg and Neil Faggen kept the restaurants open and ran them until Jeffrey was released from jail.
Chodorow opened the Asia de Cuba restaurant at the Schrager Morgans Hotel, and subsequently was the financier for the restaurant in the reality TV show The Restaurant He also owns China Grill Management, a collection of restaurants, a number of which are also in Schrager hotels.
In a full page ad taken out in the February 21, 2007 dining section of the New York Times, Chodorow declared figurative war on critic Frank Bruni for giving him a poor review. The ad said the review was a personal attack and that he would follow up Bruni's reviews with visits to the restaurant himself, with his own review to follow on his blog.
On February 15, 2011, Sam Sifton of The New York Times reviewed Chodorow's newest restaurant Bar Basque, giving high marks to the food and trashing the decor and ambiance.