Mario Batali Of Babbo Faces Employee Lawsuit, Delays Eataly Grand Opening

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"Iron Chef" and co-owner of Babbo restaurant Mario Batali is facing a lawsuit from two of his Babbo employees. His business partner Joseph Bastianich, as well as the Babbo corporate entity, are also listed as co-defendants in the suit.

Employees Stephanie Capsolas and Hernan Ricardo Alvarado claim they have not received their due salary and overtime payments while working at Babbo. They also say they were illegally forced to share their tips with other workers who weren't entitled to the gratuities.

The plaintiff's lawyer, Maimon Kirschenbaum, remarked, "It is sad to see a prestigious employer line his pockets with money belonging to the little guys."

It's undetermined as of yet whether this lawsuit may have thrown a kink or two into Batali's plans to open the much-talked-about Eataly restaurants, even though the restaurant openings have been pushed back to a later date.

Eataly is Batali's and Bastianich's brainchild, a new Italian dining concept that they've been working on for years and is finally scheduled to open soon in Manhattan. It will feature several restaurants that offer different specialties such as meats, seafood, pasta & pizza, vegetarian cuisine, a panino bar, even a rooftop gastropub brewery. The grand opening is currently scheduled for September 23.

Sources: All Headline News
Time Magazine

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