This weekend's Times caught up to the Molto Mario/Somerset saga that is the ongoing will-they-or-won't-they? eviction of Del Posto from its $130,000 a year lease. According to the article, Somerset's starting off a little lite with a Saturday night closing for electrical repairs, something that they argue is perfectly reasonable but could seem just a touch passive aggressive, given that the restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Eviction papers were dropped off on Thursday and reported in Friday's Page Six, although apparently the papers apply only to the vault, the space under the sidewalk where the air conditioner/water heaters are stored. The loss of which would require a months-long closing and half a million dollars lost. Meanwhile, Somerset's lawyer denied the meal discount theory and Bastianich said the whole thing was just a "classic New York shakedown."
Also, lobster risotto is expensive.
· A Restaurant With Buzz Also Has a Conflict With Its Landlord [NYT]
· Inside Del Posto's Lease Derailing [~E~]