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Mario Batali restaurants closing in Las Vegas after chef accused of sexual misconduct

Posted: 9:05 AM, May 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-25 16:50:21Z
Mario Batali restaurants closing in Las Vegas
Mario Batali restaurants closing in Las Vegas

Three restaurants associated with celebrity chef Mario Batali will be closing in Las Vegas.

Batali has been accused of sexual misconduct. He has denied any wrongdoing. 

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Employees of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria received notification Friday morning. All three restaurants are located at The Venetian/The Palazzo. The restaurants will close July 27. 

A letter written by Joe Bastianich with B&B Hospitality Group says that Las Vegas Sands Corp. decided to end the relationship. The letter also says that the group will help employees transition into new positions. 

An earlier report said that B&B was "actively negotiating" to buy out the celebrity chef.

Batali stepped down from daily operations of his restaurant empire and his cooking show after the allegations surfaced in December. Four women accused him of touching them inappropriately.