The impact on Chef Mario Batali continues.
Following several allegations of sexual misconduct against the celebrity chef, three of Batali's restaurants in Las Vegas are now closed.
Batali's partner, Jose Bastianich, sent a letter last Friday announcing the news to the nearly 300 employees of Carnevino, B & B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria Today . He wrote that he had "sad news," Bastianich explained that the restaurants would close on July 27.
The three restaurants are located in Las Vegas Sands (lvs). Its closure is due to the company's decision to divest the Batali brand, Today notes. Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group and Sands Corp. are said to be working to help employees find a new job.
The closures of the restaurants build on a growing backlash against Batali. The chef resigned from the daily operations of his restaurants in December when four women accused him of inappropriate touch. In recent months, however, at least two women have charged Batali for sexual assault, as a Countess Batali denies.
Last week, the B & B Hospitality Group announced that it was "actively negotiating with Mr Batali to acquire his interests in restaurants." Eataly, the Italian market chain, also announced that it would withdraw Batali from its "small minority stake". Wool and remove all Batali branded products from its stores.
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