Ex-Miami Beach restaurateur Jonathan Eismann surrendered to authorities this morning and was charged with a felony in connection with an October car crash that killed a pedestrian, Gossip Extra has learned.
Eismann, 52, who revolutionized local dining with restaurants like Pacific Time, Fin and Q, turned himself in at 9 a.m. and is currently held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on NW 41st Street.
He’s being held on $16,000-bond on charges of vehicular homicide, a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a misdemeanor.
He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Eismann did not return calls for comment before he surrendered.
He is accused of killing a pedestrian about 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at the corner of NW 3rd Street and 72nd Avenue.
Eismann was allegedly driving away from the scene of a previous crash he was involved with and then lost control of his Ford Explorer.
The Explorer ended up on the sidewalk and slammed into passerby Juan Carlos Ruiz, the father of a one-year-old child.
Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Eismann became a big deal in the Miami Beach of the late 1980s by whipping up good food where there wasn’t much of it at the time.
Long-time foodies say Eismann changed the beach-side restaurant business. In time, he ran half a dozen fancy eateries that became gathering places for the glitterati.
By the early 2000s, however, Eismann watched his customers flee to fancier and hipper places like Nobu and Mr. Chow.
Then the economy tanked, and so did Eismann’s business.
Besieged by creditors, according to county records, Eismann became a realtor last year.
He staved off foreclosure of his Miami Beach home by selling it for $3.2 million!