So much drama in the life of Fabio Viviani! He's already been locked out of his own restaurant and then sued his partner, and earlier today, Fabio has finally formally announced his departure from his restaurant. In a letter sent out this morning to the "friends and customers" of Cafe Firenze, the onetime Top Chef quote machine makes clear that even though he will retain some ownership, restaurant manager Mike Takeda has requested that neither Fabio nor his cookbooks be spotted at the restaurant ever again. You do hate to see that. The good news is that Fabio's new restaurant is slated to open within the month.
The farewell note:
From: Fabio Viviani· Fabio Announces Departure From Cafe Firenze [~ELA~]
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:40:53
Subject: Fabio and Jacopo have left Cafe Firenze in Moorpark
Dear Friends and Customers of Cafe Firenze in Moorpark,
Myself and Jacopo Falleni have been asked by Cafe Firenze manager Mike Takeda to no longer work at the restaurant.
Cafe Firenze has changed some of its staff and its menu.
We will still retain our ownership interest in the restaurant, but will no longer participate in any of the food or beverage preparation.
Nor will we be selling our cookbook at the restaurant or participating in any future cooking workshops, future event, party or catering or cooking classes organized by or at Cafe Firenze in Moorpark
Although Me and Jacopo are very sorry not to be working in the restaurant anymore, we are really happy to have had the chance to have been around wonderful customers such as yourself.
We wish you a fond farewell, and hope you enjoy Mr. Mike Takeda's new version of Cafe Firenze.