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Mario Batali's Eataly wine shop to pay $500,000 fine, close six months

Eataly wine store in New York.
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Celebrity chef Mario Batali will temporarily close the wine store at his Italian market, Eataly, for six months and pay a $500,000 fine to the New York State Liquor Authority as part of a settlement reached Tuesday with the state, Crain's reports.

State authorities took issue with the fact Batali and his business partners, the mother and son team Lidia and Joe Bastianich, were both wine producers and retailers, Eater reported. The wine shop includes more than 1,000 wines from exclusively Italian producers, according to Eataly's website.

Lidia Bastianich also will be removed from the wine store's liquor license, according to Crain's.

A Eataly spokeswoman said a date has not been set for when the Manhattan wine store will close. The issue came to light in 2012, when the wine store's license was up for renewal, Crain's reported.

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