The Spotted Pig

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The Spotted Pig was a gastropub located at 314 West 11th Street (at Greenwich Street) in the West Village in Manhattan in New York City.[1][2] The 100-seat gastropub was owned by Ken Friedman. Mario Batali served as a primary investor. The chef was April Bloomfield, a British expatriate celebrity chef who was hired after flying to New York and interviewing with Mario Batali and Freidman.[3] The restaurant held a single Michelin Star from about 2006 to 2016.[4] The restaurant closed on January 26, 2020.[5]

The Spotted Pig
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Restaurant information
Established2004; 18 years ago (2004)
Closed2020; 2 years ago (2020)
Owner(s)Ken Friedman
ChefApril Bloomfield
Food typeEuropean (modern), gastropub, hamburgers[1]
CityNew York City
StateNew York
Postal/ZIP Code10014
CountryUnited States
Seating capacity100
Restaurant sign

Sexual harassment and assault controversyEdit

In December 2017, owner Ken Friedman was accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment in an article published in the New York Times. The authors interviewed many employees who said April Bloomfield was aware of his behavior, but did nothing to shield employees from it. The article included the statement that "several other employees say they also brought their complaints and concerns about Mr. Friedman to Ms. Bloomfield. Her response was always the same. 'That's who he is. Get used to it. Or go work for someone else'". April Bloomfield was also aware of her restaurant's third floor nickname, "the rape room". Mario Batali, an investor, was a frequent visitor and also accused of criminal behavior on the third floor.[6] Friedman subsequently resigned from management duties of their restaurant group.[7] Shortly after in December 2017, Bloomfield posted an apology on Twitter for not protecting her staff.[8] On January 7, 2020, Ken Friedman agreed to pay $240,000 and 20% of his profits to former employees who accused him of sexual harassment and discrimination.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Spotted Pig". Zagat. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  2. ^ "The Spotted Pig" New York Magazine
  3. ^ "The Spotted Pig". New York Magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  4. ^ Sutton, Ryan (2016-11-11). "Bib Gourmand Shocker: The Spotted Pig Loses Its Michelin Star". Eater NY. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  5. ^ Moskin, Julia; Severson, Kim (27 January 2020). "The Spotted Pig, Where Employees Were Sexually Harassed, Closes". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Moskin, Julia (12 December 2017). "Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ Dai, Serena (12 December 2017). "The Spotted Pig's Ken Friedman Accused of Sexual Harassment". Eater. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ @AprilBloomfield (14 December 2017). "Statement" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Dai, Serena (2020-01-07). "Ken Friedman Is Leaving the Spotted Pig After Misconduct Settlement With the State". Eater NY. Retrieved 2020-01-15.

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