Tarry Market, an upscale European grocery store operated by disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali’s B&B Hospitality Group, will close for good this Thursday, June 28, reports the Journal News. The store has been operating in the New York City suburb of Port Chester for eight years.
Kim Reed, communications director for B&B, tells the Journal News the building that houses the market is being redeveloped, and the restaurant group is considering a new mixed-use project at the location. However, some customers who lament the impending shutter blame Batali’s sexual misconduct. “I think it’s a shame that the irresponsible actions of MB’s behavior has had such an impact on the people that work here,” Tarry Market regular Fred Ellman tells the paper. “A lot of good people are losing their jobs and, in effect, are being punished for his actions.”
Batali has been accused of groping, harassment, and other despicable behavior by numerous former colleagues and fans. He lost his gig as co-host on ABC daytime show The Chew, which has since been canceled, and in April, he announced plans to divest from his restaurants. His three Las Vegas restaurants will close in July. The New York Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into Batali.
• Tarry Market in Port Chester Closing June 28 [Journal News]
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