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Where the ‘60 Minutes’ Batali News Leaves Us

From the Editor: The Batali fallout continues, a new Korean fine-dining restaurant in New York, and more in food news

A man, Mario Batali, seated in profile
Mario Batali
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This post originally appeared on May 26, 2018, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

On May 20, new allegations emerged against celeb chef Mario Batali. Two different women have accused him of rape, and a manager says she intervened during a sexual assault. The police are now investigating the claims. I’ve been wondering if a story like this would come out ever since our original report on Batali’s sexual misconduct ran in December, and especially since the subsequent Times piece last month about his dipping his toes into the comeback waters.

While I’m not happy this is the state of things, I admit I’m relieved — as an observer of this story and as someone who has heard some truly haunting off-the-record accounts — that the public understands the severity of the accusations against Batali. This wasn’t just a slip up or a drinking problem or a power play. This was (allegedly) brazen and far reaching and chronic, and, depending on what the cops can prove, criminal.

“Do you think he will have a comeback?” is a question I’ve been getting a lot over the past five months.

I continually respond, “Not if he ends up in jail.”

In related news on the Bad Man beat, April Bloomfield is officially ending her 15-year-long business relationship with partner Ken Friedman, who was accused of misconduct in December. Both partners pulled out of Salvation Taco. And prominent players at SF’s Tosca Cafe left the restaurant this week after failing to buy it from those two.

Meanwhile, Batali’s partners said they would complete the process of buying him out by July 1, and three of his Las Vegas restaurants will close in July 27. Also: ABC canceled his old show The Chew.

Opening of the week: Atomix

Guk 국: soup with burdock, fish cakes, baby corn, and plum blossom
Photography by Louise Palmberg

Who’s behind it?: Ellia and Junghyun Park.

What is it?: A fine-dining follow up to Korean hit Atoboy. It’s a bi-level tasting-menu restaurant with a $175-a-head, 10-course, seafood-heavy menu.

Where is it?: East 30th St., New York.

When will it open?: Wednesday, May 30.

Why should I care?: Atoboy is good. And I love that the Korean scene in New York continues to evolve and expand with new compelling indie restaurants opening year after year, but this is really the first fine-dining entrée since Jungsik opened more than five years ago. Also, I feel like the upscale bunker aesthetic that was kind of big in LA a couple years ago has made its way to NYC. Nuclear war chic, perhaps.

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Che Fico in SF
Photography by Patricia Chang

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Last week on the Eater Upsell, we delve into all the issues raised by Eater special correspondent Meghan McCarron’s March feature on Tex-Mex cuisine. She appears on the show, along with taco journalist Mando Rayo, to discuss the origins of Tex-Mex, why the cuisine doesn’t get the same respect as barbecue, the dual negative effects of Taco Bell and Mexican scholar Diana Kennedy on the cuisine, and what Tex-Mex lovers can do to support mom-and-pops across Texas. Listen here or on Apple podcasts.

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