(Photo courtesy of The Brooklyn Paper)
Let’s say you start working at a new restaurant or a trendy new ice cream store, wouldn’t you want to know if your boss is doing what he can to make it profitable? If you knew that he has a shady past, would you work there? Would you patronize the business? Obviously, you would not go there if you knew the “business owner” was using your credit card number to steal at least $25,000, or that he was paying employees with bad checks. That’s what Daniel Kaufman, who managed Wine Bar, Busy Chef, Blue Pig ice cream, and Oven, all located on Henry Street at the corner of Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights is accused of, according to a NY Times story published yesterday. If you’ve been following our neighboring blog, the Brooklyn Heights Blog, they first broke the story of Kaufman’s shady past over a year ago. But not until back payments unpaid, bouncing paychecks, and credit card fraud did the story become much more public. Nearly 50 hard working employees are now out of work, and as BHB states, he “just couldn’t sit on the sidelines“. Neither can we. If any readers can help with a contact or job opportunity for any of the former employees, please contact webmaster @ brooklynheightsblog.com.