Mario Batali Owes Big For Failed Restaurant
Red-haired chef Mario Batali recently closed his seafood restaurant, The John Dory, but the bills linger on. The NY Daily News reports that Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich (son of TV chef Lidia Bastianich) are on the hook for nearly $75,000. A lawsuit says that they owe $45,000 in rent as well as other expenses including $15,000 for chilled water. The John Dory was located next to Batali's NYC restaurant Del Posto but it closed on August 29 after only being in business for nine months. Bastianich has said that the bills will be paid soon. This appears to be an isolated episode and not an indication of cracks in the Batali empire which includes Babbo and other restaurants in New York City as well as outposts in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.