After sexual misconduct claims emerged against Mario Batali in December, dominos related to his business ventures proceeded to fall: All traces of Batali vanished from Eataly, he was fired from The Chew, and ABC eventually announced the show's cancellation. Although Batali continues to deny sexual assault claims against him, the claims have intensified — including new reports covered on 60 Minutes — and so does the fallout.
Batali's company announced on May 25 that it will close its three Las Vegas restaurants on July 27: Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante, and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, all located in The Venetian and Palazzo properties. Nearly 300 employees expected to be affected were notified of the decision in a letter from B&B Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“These restaurants have continued to succeed, and they are a tribute to every one of you who works in them and brings great dining experiences to our guests,” Bastianich’s letter reads. “Unfortunately, our partner in these restaurants, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has decided to end our relationship.”
The letter also includes this more optimistic, if moderated, note from Bastianich: “I am committed to continuing our presence in Las Vegas. I am beginning to explore options, but it will take some time to execute them.”
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