Red-haired celebrity chef Mario Batali will have his three Las Vegas restaurants close starting July 27. The decision comes following reports that New York City police are stepping up an investigation into his sexual misconduct in Manhattan.
The closures will mean approximately 298 employees will be out of work at B&B Ristorante, Otto and CarneVino in Las Vegas. B&B Ristorante and Otto are both located in the Venetian, while CarneVino is in the Palazzo. Both hotels belong to Las Vegas Sands.
“These restaurants have continued to be successful,” Batali’s partner Joe Bastianich said in a letter to employees. “Unfortunately, our partner in these restaurants, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has decided to end our relationship.”
The closures are the latest fallout from the allegations swirling around Batali. Four women accused him of inappropriate touching and one woman claimed the chief drugged and sexually assaulted her. Batali admitted the touching was consistent with his past behavior, but denied the assault allegations.
Beyond restaurant closings, Batali is no longer on the ABC show chewing, which was canceled this week by the network; saw its partnership with B&B Hospitality Group come to an end as its former partners sought to buy out its interests; and Eataly USA would seek to buy out its minority stake in the Italian markets of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston.
Batali appeared regularly on TV cooking shows for the Food Network, mostly on Iron Chef America; opened restaurants in half a dozen states; and has his name on more than a dozen cookbooks and several culinary tools.