Andrew Zimmern reports this week that things for one of his "least favorite" restaurants, Bellanotte, well, they ain't looking so good. And maybe ditto for sister restaurant and Block E neighbor 7 Sushi. Both are owned by local restaurant "honcho" David Koch. In a meaty, wide-ranging post Zimmern writes,
"I have it on good authority that it [Bellanotte's demise] is not a matter of if but a matter of when. Bellanotte has been running on fumes, and like many other businesses around town it is pretty much dead, they just don't know it yet."
About 7, Zimmern says,
"Steak houses are not exactly the niche business du jour, and 7 has a lousy rep for food. I'm not sure anyone can save this place."
Hot Dish reported several months back on accusations against 7 by a former manager who claims she was harassed by Koch and eventually fired for being pregnant. The case remains open in federal court.
This kind of makes us think of the recently deceased Trocaderos, which also came under fire -- more than once -- from female employees claiming various forms of harassment. Hmm. It seems that gross mistreatment of employees, even if merely alleged, might not make the world's best business model.
Check out Rachel's hilarious review of 7 from last year for a sense of the place's vibe. Ntss ntss ntss ntss.