Rye Brook restaurateur Remi declares $ 5.7 million in bankruptcy debt

For 15 years, Rye Brook restaurateur Roberto Delledonne ran the great restaurant Remi in Manhattan, with all the attributes of success.

But lawsuits with employees and its owner and tax issues with the state hampered its success and led to Remi’s shutdown 18 months ago.

The logo of the old restaurant.

On June 9, Delledonne filed a petition in the U.S. White Plains Bankruptcy Court for Chapter 7 personal liquidation, listing the restaurant’s tax and legal obligations that have hindered its success.

He declared $ 17,270 in assets and over $ 5.7 million in liabilities.

Delledonne and his associates bought the restaurant in 2005. Rémi, at 53 Ouestrd The Street and Avenue of the Americas, one block from the Museum of Modern Art, was designed as a whimsical Venetian food destination.

Employees sued him in 2009 and again in 2019 for overtime and minimum wage violations.

His landlord sued him in 2019 for breach of the lease, and last February a judge ruled Delledonne owed the landlord $ 2.1 million he had personally guaranteed. He lists the debt as disputed, in the bankruptcy petition.

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance ranks it as 67e worst individual mocker. As of last month, he owed nearly $ 1.9 million in state taxes, according to the delinquent state taxpayer report, but the total could be considerably more, or less, depending on the amount of interest accrued. or the amount paid on the initial tax. privileges. He lists the $ 1.3 million debt on the bankruptcy petition and calls it contested.

Delledonne’s personal assets consist primarily of a life insurance policy valued at $ 16,420. He lives in a 6,400-square-foot, four-bedroom, 5-bathroom home worth $ 1.6 million, according to Zillow. The house has been owned by his wife since 2010, according to Westchester ownership records.

In addition to tax debts and homeowner’s debts, he owes about $ 1.7 million on a real estate mortgage he co-signed, $ 561,000 to food and supplies vendors, $ 92,500 on credit cards, and $ 27,000 to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

Debts owed to former employees are listed as disputed and amounts as “uncertain”. But according to a report filed Jan. 15 by a Manhattan Supreme Court magistrate judge, he owes 21 former employees $ 871,395.

Delledonne has no job and the only family income comes from his wife’s $ 64,400 per year work as a receptionist accountant.

According to the petition, they spend over $ 19,000 per month on expenses, including over $ 15,000 on homeownership fees. Their net monthly income, including his wife’s after-tax income of $ 4,333, is minus $ 14,845.

She is not included as a debtor in the bankruptcy case.

Delledonne was ordered to attend a June 10 contempt hearing of the Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly failing to respond to a subpoena for records in the dispute with the owner. By filing for bankruptcy protection on June 9, the owner’s lawsuit was suspended and efforts to collect the debt were halted.

Delledonne is represented by White Plains attorney Michael H. Schwartz.

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