A restaurant owner is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly failing to properly maintain a restaurant in a Washington suburb.
John R. Sosnowski, a founding partner of the Culinary Institute of America, said he has been working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria to find out who has been renting space at his restaurant for more than a decade.
Sosnowski, owner of the Potters Bar and Grill in Alexandria, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria in January on two counts of federal conspiracy to commit fraud.
He was arrested by federal agents at his home in March, according to court records.
The indictment alleges that Sosneski “failed to properly secure the premises” and failed to maintain the restaurant at a clean, sanitized condition for more time than necessary.
In addition to the two counts against Sosniski, the federal complaint also accuses him of violating state laws that protect restaurant operators from “any form of discrimination.”
The restaurant, which serves “a wide variety of food and beverage,” has “a very high turnover rate,” according to the complaint, and has “been at the forefront of the restaurant community in Alexandria since 1996.”
According to the indictment, the restaurant was “permanently and continuously in breach of its obligations to the State of Virginia” in addition to being “not a licensed restaurant.”
Sosnesks is a native of North Carolina, and is a longtime restaurateur.
In 2012, he became the first restaurateur to open a new restaurant in D.O.C., when the restaurant opened at 925 17th St. in Arlington.
The Potters bar and grill has also been cited by the U