When ‘Bravo’ chef says his restaurant was vandalized, police say they’ve arrested him
NEW YORK — The chef at the epicenter of the New York City food fight has been arrested after police said they arrested him in the alleged vandalism of two restaurants.
Anthony Bravo, 43, of the Lower East Side was taken into custody Thursday after being charged with misdemeanor charges of damaging property and felony criminal mischief.
Authorities say Bravo vandalized his restaurant, the Bravo, and another restaurant, La Merce, with paint, and that he told police he was taking photos of the vandalism, NBC New York reports.
La Merce is a family restaurant that specializes in seafood, a seafood bar and seafood restaurants.
Bravo, who owns La Merced’s two locations, was arrested after a raid on his apartment, police said.
The Bravo and La Merces locations have been closed since Thursday.
Bravos sister, Lauren Bravo, confirmed that Bravo was arrested.
She said he was booked into Manhattan Criminal Court in Brooklyn.
She said she was not aware of the allegations against Bravo and said she didn’t know him personally.