Lucky Strikes Back: Eddie Campbell Holds His Ground at The Chesterfield

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Sara Kerens
SideDish reported late yesterday on the ongoing saga at The Chesterfield, where majority owner Ed Bailey has continued his efforts to have bartender and minority owner Eddie "Lucky" Campbell removed from the premises, after an apparent dispute over how to run the business.

Hearing that Campbell was standing his ground and had decided to throw an all-day happy hour, I headed downtown to see what was up (and have a drink or two).

Campbell seemed to be in excellent spirits, mixing drinks at a frenetic pace. The place was packed with downtowners, and a small cheer erupted from the crowd when Lucky announced, "It's happy hour all day!"

Dallas darling chef Matt McCallister was spotted at the end of the bar with a couple friends -- there to support his pal, no doubt.

When questioned about the tumultuous situation at hand, Lucky said, "It's crazy. It's been weird, guys in suits walking around watching me ... It's like the CIA."

As we spoke I could hear the incessant tone of his cell phone emitting from his pocket.

"You hear that? My phone's been ringing off the hook."

So what's next?

"I'm stayin' here till I die... Until the judge orders me out," he said, finessing a lemon twist into a French 75.

Looks like Bailey's got his work cut out if he wants to get rid of Campbell. Clearly he won't be leaving quietly, or without a bar-top speech:

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Loveable Lesha
Loveable Lesha

First off, if you don't know what's "REALLY" going on please don't start any rumors! Lucky's an awesome guy & isn't a druggie so it's not appropriate for people to start high school drama! Let's focus on what The Chesterfield's really about...an amazing place for you & your friends to go to have great drinks/food in a good environment!!!

Vivian
Vivian

Okay, you people just don't get it, do you? People who have a license from the TABC to serve alcohol are supposed to have their head on straight atleast at work. How can someone who is on drugs or drunk judge if a customer should drink anymore? I think the place is a trainwreck waiting to happen. And also, CIA, come on you do sound a little paranoid besides the CIA don't always wear suits, duh!!!!!!

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Would love a French 75 right now......

therrick
therrick

Holy cow, Chesterfield and Matt MacAllister in the same post?!? If only there were food trucks outside at the same time it would have been a City of Ate trifecta!

Your Mom
Your Mom

As an insider who doesn't care about either side, the whole deal amounts to Lucky not taking a drug test after being accused of doing and dealing drugs. He openly admitted to smoking weed to the Observer last year and you can often smell it on his body.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 I am shocked, absolutely shocked, that a bartender of all people, and a mixologist at that, would be working under the influence of marijuana.  The possible mayhem makes me feel stoned.

Cowboy
Cowboy

Don't get out much, do you grandma?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Well you don't need to take a drug test to get arrested for selling weed, if there was any substance to the dealing accusation it sounds like this would have already been settled. And as far as him consuming it personally, who gives a shit?

Mervis
Mervis

How awful that someone who sells what is possibly the worst drug of all be in the side business of selling one of the best drugs of all.

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

As a part owner, I'd be pissed as shit if my partners tried to drug test me.

Especially considering that a large percentage, if not a majority, of bartenders (and waiters, chefs and cooks) in this city do drugs of some sort.  Hi, welcome to the service industry. It's the norm.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 I am sure there more than a few weed dealers who don't smoke weed.  Using weed has nothing to do with smoking it.  Sounds like an urban myth.

Ozonedude
Ozonedude

It's weed, not heroin. Get a grip.

Mon
Mon

 And who cares if the guy smokes a little weed??  He's been an excellent bartender in this town for years and has many, many loyal customers.  Having him at the Chesterfield with those awesome drinks and the super delicious food is the best thing to happen to Main St. in a loooooong time.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

The first sentence confirms what I said, the second doesn't make any sense, and third appears to be hanging around looking for something to do.

ozonedude
ozonedude

I am never commenting again.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 I think worst refers to alcohol and best refers to weed.

B1ng
B1ng

 Whoooooooosh.....??

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