Wednesday, July 30, 2008

And Then There Were None: The Wine Bar, Last in Brooklyn's Busy Chef Empire, Closes

What seemed to be the only business to survive the Busy Chef scandal -- The Wine Bar at the corner of Henry and Cranberry Street -- has now also closed, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

An employee standing outside the corner restaurant on Henry Street today told the sad news to would-be customers.

Just Tuesday, the Busy Chef on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, "mired in scandal after the arrest of its manager Dan Kaufman for identity theft and credit card forgery," was closed for business, along with its sister stores – the Blue Pig ice cream shop and Oven restaurant, as well as a Busy Chef on Court Street.

In addition to the $25,000 that Kaufman allegedly stole from customers, one employee told the Eagle on Tuesday that Kaufman stole much more from the business itself, allegedly falsifying the books to cover up the losses.

- 'Mired in Scandal,' It's All Over for Brooklyn's Busy Chef
- Why the Brooklyn Paper Didn't Write About the Crook at the Busy Chef and What This Means For America
- Arrested Busy Chef Partner Has a History in Boston
- A Busy Brooklyn Chef Now Under Arrest
- Downtown Brooklyn Busy Chef Pretty Busy
- Busy Chef Empire: Frozen Dinners or Homemade Cuisine?
- Busy Chef coming to Court Street

Photo of the interior of The Wine Bar by MK Metz

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