Rocco sued over bad food, poor service.

Rocco sued over bad food, poor service.
The crappy food and awful service was a source of drama on The Restaurant, and now they’re the source of a lawsuit against Rocco. His business partners, including Jeffrey Chodorow, claim Rocco “has spent insufficient time on the food and service at the restaurant and has not devoted the time and effort needed to operate the restaurant in a financially responsible manner.” The Daily News reports that Chodorow’s company “poured $3 million into Rocco’s 22nd St.,” and wants to “oust DiSpirito from his namesake joint.” In a statement reproduced by the New York Times, Rocco says that actually, it was his idea to sue first: “I have refrained for months from suing Jeffrey Chodorow. … I look forward to having him held accountable for his actions.” The Times also reports that production on the second season has been completed, and it will air later this spring.
+ also: is Rocco neglecting his other restaurants and “spending more time at Rocco’s on 22nd Street, his television-created spaghetti parlor”?

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.