Former Restaurant Owner Arrested for Sexual Assault in San Diego, Pauses Business Ventures Amid Allegations

Gaslamp-area restaurant business owner sentenced to jail for alleged sexual assaults

Geoffrey Enrico Cole, the former owner of a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two acquaintances at his downtown business last spring. The alleged assaults occurred on May 27, 2023, at Chefs SD on F Street. Cole, 41, was taken into custody on Monday by the San Diego Police Department.

However, Cole is not currently in custody. His arrest came hours after the grand opening of his new restaurant, Brunch After Dark or BAD, in downtown San Diego. In a statement posted on his Instagram page, Cole professed his innocence and denied any knowledge of the allegations. He stated that he did not know the details of the crimes he was accused of or who the alleged victims were. Cole announced that he would be pausing all current business ventures in the city of San Diego until further notice.

The incident has drawn significant attention and concern within the community. It is important for the legal process to investigate and determine the truth of the allegations. The San Diego Police Department is actively working on this case, and more information will be released as the investigation progresses.

Cole’s future in the restaurant industry remains uncertain as he faces these serious charges.

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