B & B Hospitality Group – the long-standing partnership between restaurateur Joe Bastianich and celebrity chef Mario Batali, who has been estranged from the business since allegations of sexual harassment against him came to light in December 2017 – announced the closure of three restaurants located on the Las Strip of Vegas. B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, located in the Venetian, and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, located in the Palazzo, will close on July 27.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. owns the two Italian-themed luxury resorts, which are also home to a series of other top-notch restaurants, including those run by Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and Thomas Keller. âThe Sands Group has decided that they no longer want to continue working with us,â said Bastianich. Wine spectator. âAnd that’s a shame and a terrible thing. They had great wine programs. Many amazing professionals have passed through these restaurants. It’s a sad day.
Carnevino and Otto Enoteca had both won Wine spectator in June 2017 for the strength of their wine programs.
Bastianich hopes restaurant workers find work in the soon-to-be-opened Eataly in Las Vegas, of which he is a partner, or can fill positions in another part of the catering group. The Sands Group has also indicated that B&B employees can apply for jobs within this company. As for the fate of restaurant wine, Bastianich only said: âIt’s a very complicated thing.
For now, Bastianich says no other restaurant in the group is facing a shutdown at the request of other businesses.
Bastianich said Batali is expected to be fully divested of the business by July 1. He was pulled from operations in December 2017, his face and name mention wiped off most places, and chefs Nancy Silverton and Lidia Bastianch have taken on larger leadership roles in the company. . The group’s current partners have been negotiating for months to buy Batali’s stake in the restaurants.
Las Vegas shutdown announcement follows a May 20 60 minutes segment by Anderson Cooper that brought to light new information and allegations against Batali, including one of assault; a New York Daily News report of a second alleged assault and news that the New York Police Department is investigating some of the complaints.
Bastianich hopes to have restaurants in Las Vegas one day. âObviously we want to keep brands alive, like Carnevino,â he said. Wine spectator. âWe are actively looking for another location. But I mean I have a shit world to sort out on my end before I can start branding again.