Said he cooked with Rachel Ray.
D’Amelio said he owed the city only $12,732 in back rent and $10,264 in equipment leases. The city contended that he also owed $83,264 in “penalties and interest,” but he was advised by legal counsel that was unenforceable.
In any case, D’Amelio said, he left behind $40,000 worth of furnishings he purchased from the city and $33,000 in fixtures. Depreciating the furniture, he said, those items would be worth about $53,000, “a fair deal” for settling $22,996 the city claims is due.
City Attorney David Laredo said the city could have made a claim that D’Amelio owed $83,624 in addition to back rent and leases, and D’Amelio could have filed a counter claim for the equipment he left behind.