Mario Waiters Cork’$crewed’

New York Post - Bruce Golding
July 30, 2010

Waiters at the Italian-style restaurants owned by famed chef Mario Batali say they have something to whine about.

They claim the pony-tailed former star of TV’s “Iron Chef America” withholds a portion of all credit-card tips equal to between 4 and 5 percent of each night’s wine sales.

“This policy is vintage tip theft,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Justin M. Swartz said. “Our clients hope their case will put a cork in it.”

The class-action complaint seeks unspecified damages for workers at Otto, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon and Lupa in Manhattan, and Tarry Lodge in Westchester.

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