Noted local restaurateur David Manero, whose two Vic & Angelo’s, The Office and BurgerFi eateries are among the area’s most successful, is no longer affiliated with the restaurants after a dispute with his partners.

Citing the possibility of future litigation, Manero declined comment on the reason for the split-up, though he did describe the “parting of the ways” as “ugly” and noted that such departures are “very prevalent in the hospitality industry.”

When asked if he was walking away from the restaurants he helped found and his wife Lynn designed, Manero said, “I’m not walking away from anything. I have a major investment in these companies.”

He did say he has “several new [restaurant] concepts” he’s working on, among them “going back to my roots” in the form of a Neapolitan-style pizzeria. There’s sure to be more to this story in the future. Check this space for further details.