Shamed celebrity chef Mario Batali’s stake in mega-market Eataly is toast.
The orange Crocs-shod and ponytailed Batali’s minority interest was bought out by Eataly USA, spokesman Chris Giglio told the Associated Press on Friday.
Batali in August 2010 helped open the first U.S. location in Manhattan — then just the second outlet outside Italy — which hauled in $70 million in its first year, Eatery.com reported.
But he hasn’t had any direct involvement with the chain since 2017, Giglio said — the same year, at the height of the #MeToo movement, accusations surfaced of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. He later apologized “for any pain, humiliation, or anguish I caused.”
Eataly USA now has two New York City locations as well as markets in Chicago, Boston, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Batali’s already given up financial stakes in all his restaurants, severing a 20-year partnership with restaurateur Joe Bastianich.
With restaurants off the table, Batali is now left with a criminal court case in which he’s charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly kissing and groping a woman as they took a selfie together in a Boston restaurant on March 31, 2017.