Looks like the former White Gold Butchers space is having some conflict with the landlord: A notice on the property at 375 Amsterdam Ave. at 78th Street owes nearly $60,000 — with unpaid rent for both July and August.
Papers taped to the Upper West Side space say that beleaguered restaurateur Ken Friedman, as well as former longtime business partner and chef April Bloomfield, are guarantors for the property and have three days to pay before the landlord will start the eviction process. The notice asks for $58,965.90, including late fees, legal fees, and more than $25,000 per month in rent.
Bloomfield and Friedman opened White Gold together in October 2016, but in June, the duo split their empire following bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct against Friedman, leaving Friedman with this restaurant. It shuttered this month, and at the time, a note on the window said that a new restaurant with an “approach to healthy and sustainable eating” would soon open there.
Though Bloomfield is publicly no longer involved in White Gold, she is still named on the landlord’s notice. The company for the restaurant, 375 Amsterdam Avenue Restaurant LLC, is listed as the tenant; Bloomfield, Friedman, Erika Nakamura, and Jocelyn Guest were all publicly partners in the restaurant, but Nakamura and Guest also split earlier this year.
Friedman, Bloomfield, and landlord and property manager Brusco Group declined to comment. A spokesperson for Nakamura and Guest noted that the duo was not on the lease.