John ‘JE’ Englebert Threatens to Rip Ilan Hall’s Head Off

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Suzie Wong impresario John “JE” Englebert, last seen publicly excoriating Flavor Flav for failing to show up at a party at one of his clubs, e-mails to tell us he’s “stunned” that Ilan Hall backed out of a deal to be chef at his new spot, ¡pasé!, which we earlier reported would be on 455 West 16th Street. The press release is classic Englebert.

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I will rip his head off for screwing me!” Says Englebert. Englebert with several prominent business partners is opening Pase, an upscale, high-end Spanish-themed restaurant/lounge in the Meatpacking district NYC. “Hall and I exchanged numerous emails and traded phone calls. Explains Englebert, He agreed to be the executive chef at my new space for which he would get a weekly salary and percentage in the place in return for a nominal investment. I thought we had a done deal! - the food sections of New York magazine and Time Out New York even ran stories.” [Actually, Grub Street’s story made clear that Ilan’s participation was merely the plan being put forth to investors.] The turning point came this week when Hall, a Great Neck Long Island native, was a no-show at an important meeting with Englebert and his partners. No calls, no explanation! “I was stunned,” gripes Englebert. “He may be a reality TV star, but this doesn’t give him the right to act like an ass…I have a sizeable fortune invested in the space already.” Englebert also adds that all his places make money; he’s been doing it a long time since he started out as a promoter for deposed nightlife kingpin Peter Gatien. “If he was nervous about putting money into the space, he should have talked to me man-to-man, not running like a dog with his head between his legs.”