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Houston restaurant dispute finally settled out of court: The battle of Arturos is over

Houston restaurant dispute finally settled out of court: The battle of Arturos is over

Looks like this town has room for more than one Arturo's.

Just over a year after he left Arturo's Uptown Italiano in dramatic fashion, Arturo Boada and former partner Bill Sadler have settled a lawsuit filed over the restaurant's continuing use of Boada's name.

With the case in federal court, both parties agreed in April that Arturo's could continue to operate under its existing name, and the settlement comes before the court could rule on the remaining facets of the lawsuit. According to a statement by Sadler, he paid a cash sum for Boada's 49 percent stake in the restaurant.

 "I'm just very happy overall. Life is good," Boada says. 

"From the beginning I felt that Boada suing us didn’t make sense," Sadler said in the statement. "The amount we settled for was what I originally would have paid him for his shares plus the real estate, so what was the point? I did learn that lawsuits are an expensive way to settle a dispute, but once the suit was filed our restaurant had no choice but to defend itself.

"Anyway, I’m glad it’s over and am very happy with the outcome. I wish Mr. Boada well in his future endeavors. Now the staff and I can continue making Arturo’s Uptown Italiano even better."

For his part, Boada opened Arturo Boada Cuisine in the Memorial area in May 2011.

"I'm just very happy overall. Life is good," Boada tells CultureMap.