The Advocate’s Jeff Morganteen reported today that Sabatiello “Sammy” Settembre, who was portrayed as a maniacal restaurateur on Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, has been arrested by Stamford police for allegedly trashing his own restaurant before being evicted from the Bedford St. property:
Local restaurateur Sabatiello “Sammy” Settembre caused more than $20,000 worth of damage to his former Bedford Street restaurant sometime before he was evicted from his Italian steak house this past December, police said.
The incident occurred a month after Settembre appeared on the Fox television show “Kitchen Nightmares,” which features celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his profanity-laden attempts to revive flailing restaurants.
Investigators found no signs of forced entry at the building, police Sgt. Peter diSpagna said. The damage — smashed mirrors and decorative glass — was found Dec. 4, when a state marshal and landlord tried to serve Settembre with eviction papers, court papers state. Settembre was not there and the building was locked. Police said Settembre was in control of the building before Dec. 4 and was the only one with a key to the restaurant, which was locked when the vandalism was found, police said.
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