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Captain Douchebag has left the building

ROCCO DiSPIRITO famously opened his name­sake restau­rant in a real­ity show last sum­mer and was famously thrown out by his part­ners in July. Now he has been removed from a sec­ond restau­rant, Union Pacific, once the jewel in his crown, which will close at the end of the year.
Starting next week Mr. DiSpirito will no longer be the exec­u­tive chef at Union Pacific, where he first made his mark when the restau­rant opened in 1997. Main Street Restaurant Partners, his part­ners in Union Pacific, said yes­ter­day that it would close on Christmas Eve, and until then Laurent Tourondel, the chef at BLT Steak, would act as a con­sul­tant. That leaves Mr. DiSpirito with­out a kitchen to cook in.
Rocco’s on 22nd closed last week. In July, Jeffrey Chodorow and China Grill Management, its owner, were granted a court order bar­ring Mr. DiSpirito from the kitchen, even though his mother, Nicolina, remained and made meat­balls.

The rest of the blah blah blah: Rocco DiSpirito Is Out at Union Pacific (NY Times)

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