The cynic in me would say "yes" except for the fact that if there were connection between the two , it certainly would have been trumpted from the rooftops since Day One of the show. Why else keep it quiet? Any publicity is good publicity.
Man, that Steve Ells is a busy guy.
From Nation's Restaurant News:
Can't be related to this show, can it?
Of course, having said that, watch it pop up in the next episode.