Joshua Martinez, a long-time figure in the restaurant industry in Houston, has resigned his job at the River Oaks State of Grace restaurant following a complaint against him accusing him of sexual assault.
Martinez was named in a lawsuit brought earlier this week by an anonymous plaintiff called “Jane Doe” in court documents, according to the SETexasRecord. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that Martinez sexually assaulted a former employee of the OKRA Charity Saloon, which Martinez co-founded, at a hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2014. Doe further alleges that she suffered multiple physical injuries and mental trauma. as a result of the assault.
Along with OKRA Charity Saloon, Martinez was also involved with the now closed restaurants Goro & Gun and The Chicken Ranch before they closed. According to Houston Food Finder, Martinez was recently employed at Chief Ford Fry’s State of Grace. When contacted for comment, a State of Grace representative tells Eater that Martinez, a former deputy director, has resigned from his post. “He has decided to resign to focus on defending the trial,” the representative said. “Ford Fry Restaurants has accepted his resignation.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, OKRA Charity Saloon said they asked for his resignation from the bar over “allegations about Joshua Martinez’s conduct outside the bar.” “We learned more about other alleged behavior of Martinez following this resignation, but never in this detail,” the statement said. âWe fully support all women, including the victim, in pursuing actions against their abusers. We believe that anyone who perpetrated these crimes should be financially and criminally responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We would like to do everything possible to help in this process.
This lawsuit is at least the third to be filed against a Houston hotel professional alleging sexual assault in the past six months. In January, a woman filed a lawsuit against Brennan’s of Houston, alleging that a bartender and restaurant manager drugged and raped her in 2015. In May, a former Pub Fiction manager was charged with sexual assault by a former employed in a $ 5 million lawsuit. .
Online court records do not indicate that Martinez has filed a trial response in court, and a trial date has yet to be set.