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Will Crandall Finds Redemption at the Helm of Groot Hospitality’s Gleaming New Papi Steak – Miami New Times

David Grutman believes in second chances.

“I think about when I started in the restaurant business — all the screaming, yelling, and stupid shit I did because I was a new restaurateur without confidence,” the black-clad hospitality-industry mogul says over a plate of hard-shell tacos in his Miami Beach home. His charcoal-hued yacht, Groot, sways nearby. “Eventually, I learned from my mistakes and went back to people to ask for forgiveness, and I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”

That’s not just talk.

Less than four months after a controversial incident led chef de cuisine Will Crandall to resign from Michael Mina’s Stripsteak at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Grutman has hired the 33-year-old in a similar role at Papi Steak, which Grutman and friend David Einhorn opened in South Beach earlier this month.

Crandall stepped down shortly after New Times reported he’d been spotted in public sporting gear stitched with the logo of the Proud Boys, a fraternal organization of militant Trump supporters that made headlines in 2018 for brawling with antifascist protesters
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