In the News: Eataly Has Erased Mario Batali

••• “After a year of financial turmoil for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, construction lurched to a stop last week on the institution’s St. Nicholas National Shrine near the World Trade Center, calling into question the future of the 16-year project to replace a chapel destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Skanska USA, the lead construction firm on the project, announced in a letter to subcontractors that, because the church has missed a series of scheduled payments in recent months, workers must put down their tools at the site—at 130 Liberty Street in Liberty Plaza Park—until continued funding is assured.” —Commercial Observer

••• More on the Park Row oil leak: “The street will remain closed as below-ground repairs and cleanup continues through the night and into Wednesday, Con Ed spokesman Robert McGee said. Due to a holiday construction embargo, McGee said, Con Ed will complete temporary repairs on Wednesday and reopen the street until work resumes after the New Year […] The fluid is a type of vegetable oil used to cool subterranean transmission cables.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “‘Eataly […] pulled products bearing Mario Batali’s likeness—including books, sauces, pastas, olive oils, and vinegars—from its shelves today. A company spokesperson confirmed to Eater that ‘this move is consistent with Mario Batali not being actively involved with Eataly.’ Four women have come forward to accuse Batali of sexual harassment according to an Eater NY report that details the experiences in detail.” People are now getting erased. —Eater

••• European company “Unibail-Rodamco said on Tuesday that it had agreed to acquire the Westfield Corporation, the Australian owner of the Garden State Plaza and the shopping center at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, for $15.7 billion. The transaction would combine two large operators of shopping malls and give Unibail-Rodamco access to a variety of well-known properties in the United States and Britain. The combined company would hold property valued at about $72.2 billion.” —New York Times



  1. Re: Mario Batali – that is a whole lot or erasing.
    Really sad to hear this. It’s troubling to discover that a lot of the people we once respected and admired all seem to have this same unfortunate behavioral issue.

  2. Comical how Eataly claims Mario is “not actively” involved. He was intimately involved with Eataly. Slick PR response.
    More empty shelves in a weirdly vacuous food mart.