Abby Lane Owner Jason Santos Wins Marathon Race Against Non-Paying Diner
The chef and owner of a restaurant in Boston's Theatre District recently ran after a diner who allegedly didn't pay--and the race to catch him was a particularly long one.
The Boston Herald states that a "30-something, well-dressed guy" at Abby Lane on Tremont Street reportedly ran out the back door earlier this week after being confronted by Jason Santos and a bartender who told the chef/owner that the diner had walked out on a tab two weeks earlier. Santos ran after the perp in his clogs and his chef's coat, following him for more than a mile through the streets of the Theatre District before finding a police car by P.F. Chang's at Park Plaza; the police caught up with the patron over by Boston Common, according to the article. (The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and defrauding an innkeeper.)
Santos tells the Herald that in both instances, the diner said he had forgotten his wallet and needed to go out and get it so he could pay.
Jason Santos currently runs both Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry's on Berkeley Street, with the chef and restaurateur also appearing on the Fox show Hell's Kitchen back in 2010. (He was also involved with the now-closed Gargoyles in Somerville's Davis Square and Blue Inc. in downtown Boston.)
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