Mario Batali’s three Las Vegas Strip restaurants will shut down July 27, officials said Friday, as the celebrity chef faces sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women.
Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich sent a letter to nearly 300 workers about the closures of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria at The Venetian and Palazzo resorts. He promised to visit the restaurants to speak to employees.
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The letter said Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns both properties, was ending the business relationship. Sands Corp. issued a statement confirming the closure.
The move came days after police in New York confirmed an investigation into a woman’s claim on “60 Minutes” that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. Batali denies assaulting the woman.
A Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group representative said the company decided to close the Las Vegas restaurants before the “60 Minutes” report aired, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is owned by the family of Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.
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Batali stepped down in December from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show “The Chew” after four women accused him of inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years.
Batali has apologized for those encounters.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.