The Brooklyn Eagle reports today that The Wine Bar at 50 Henry has shut down for good in the wake of the Busted Chef scandal. As former manager/co-owner Dan Kaufman awaits indictments from a grand jury that is meeting this week, employees at the Wine Bar were told today that they were out of work and the bar was shutting down. Yesterday, The Blue Pig, Oven and The Busy Chef at 60 Henry Street were shut down in addition to another Busy Chef on Court Street that shut down last week. The entire Busy Chef Empire has now crumbled in the wake of the Kaufman’s alleged credit card fraud.
The Wine Bar at 50 Henry was clearly the most popular of the BCE establishments. Its casual atmosphere and friendly staff were a big draw. Led by restaurant vet Amanda Green, the bar opened in January and quickly won a following. It was still growing when Green passed away in June.
Now in the shadow of alleged criminal activity, the one light of hope in the ongoing saga of the Corner of Cranberry has been turned off. Today, you can add the names of the BCE employees who are jobless to the list of reported victims of the alleged crimes of the Busted Chef.