Normally, I'm content to lurk, but this season of The Restaurant has really got me wondering. Enough so, that a post is in order.
First, everyone is acting as if they have no idea where Rocco is, what he is doing, and he is never there. Yet, he has a staff of at least two. No one picks up the phone, Laurent??, and confers with Rocco's assistants to coordinate schedules and ensure that he makes an appearance at the place everyone goes to see him?
Second, Chodorow, regardless of who is put in Rocco's to report back to him, actually has that meeting in front of the staff? I cannot possibly fathom how that would happen, how a professional businessperson would do it, and cannot fathom Chodorow's lawyers not screaming at him for even proposing such a plan.
Chodorow wants to drive down costs, but wants to put the staff on medical insurance AND match 401K contributions? Those two are mutually exclusive of each other any way you analyze it.
Drew, the intern? A professional businessman allows an INTERN anywhere near that situation?
Now, we get to the lawsuit. An operating agreement was never signed on a $4 million deal? How does Chodorow not force the agreement to be signed? He has way too much money not to protect himself. No way he predicts that this is going to happen and thinks that not signing the agreement will work to his advantage.
I strongly suspect that these parties know that the lawsuit is never going to go anywhere, the show will be long over before anyone would ever have been deposed. I know that faking a lawsuit is pretty serious business. However, if you can reach on "out of court settlement" before anyone has a real chance of getting wise to what is going on this would be one hell of a good way to drive ratings for a show and diners to a restaurant.
None of this makes any sense at all, and that smoking gun excerpt reads more like a drama than a legal filing that would/should reference revisions, sections and paragraphs of the drafts/agreement, etc. Plus, DiSpirito is referred to by his first name (rather than "The Dispirito Parties" or "The Plaintiff") multiple times.
Something doesn't smell right to me.