Even Closed, the John Dory Swims Against a Tide of Back Rent


For the John Dory, the end may be the beginning of even more trouble: The Daily News is reporting that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, who were both guarantors of the shuttered seafood restaurant, owe almost $75,000 in back rent to the building’s landlord. Given that Batali probably earns $75,000 over the course of a slow week, it doesn’t really seem to be that big of a deal, but still, the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, undoubtedly adds insult to injury — particularly since this isn’t the first time Batali’s been taken to court by a landlord.