Angelo Guese, the restaurant manager that everyone seems to know (and that seems to know everyone in town), has just left Arch on Wukang Lu and his former boss won’t be pleased to know where he’s working now — A Future Perfect, owned by Frank Steffen, who was her business partner at Arch many moons ago. Back in Nov 2006, when Arch 2 on Changle Lu was just being launched, we reported to you that Steffen had sent a letter out to his mailing list informing everyone in town that Arch 2 wasn’t being opened with his blessing. Of course, that was only his side of the story, and when the two partners parted ways and Steffen went on to launch A Future Perfect, Angelo had to make the tough choice of which of his bosses to follow. Today, Arch is fighting a long and protracted legal battle with their landlord at Arch 2 — who we understand to be affiliated to the Jing’an district government’s education arm and who is trying to take the property back for redevelopment. Angelo started his Shanghai career at Simply Thai and also managed L’Extase for a while. He has been with Arch for — if we remember correctly — four years. Anybody could use a career change after that kind of time.
Photo from Angelo Guese’s Facebook profile.