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Ex-'Restaurant' star Rocco DiSpirito returning in 'Rocco to the Rescue' March 10, 2008
Former The Restaurant star Rocco DiSpirito is gearing up for a return to the kitchen via Rocco to the Rescue, a new A&E reality series scheduled for a June debut.

'The Restaurant' no more -- Jeffrey Chodorow closes Rocco's on 22nd Street September 21, 2004
Not with a bang, but a whimper.

Rocco DiSpirito barred from 'The Restaurant,' as format change planned July 28, 2004
In a ruling from the bench on July 27, New York state judicial hearing officer Ira Gammerman held that China Grill Management could bar chef Rocco DiSpirito from his namesake restaurant, Rocco's on 22nd Street, and that China Grill was also free to sell or change the format of the eatery.

NY courts begin Rocco DiSpirito's 'The Restaurant' ownership hearings July 27, 2004
Reality TV's nastiest legal battle -- the ownership fight between chef Rocco DiSpirito (owner of Spirit Media) and "money man" Jeffrey Chodorow (owner of China Grill Management) over the ownership of Rocco's on 22nd Street, the restaurant featured on NBC's The Restaurant -- moved on to its next round on Monday, as a court hearing began in Manhattan.

Rocco's 'Restaurant' battles continue, as Jeffrey Chodorow takes on Mama DiSpirito July 16, 2004
Now that Rocco DiSpirito has been temporarily banished from Rocco's on 22nd Street and convicted felon/financier Jeffrey Chodorow has taken over (for now), potential customers know that they won't have the dining experience featured in NBC's The Restaurant. So how can Rocco's on 22nd Street draw a crowd until the lawsuits end?

Rocco DiSpirito & Jeffrey Chodorow resume fighting & suing over 'The Restaurant' June 11, 2004
The cameras may have stopped filming at Rocco's on 22nd, but the battles between the co-founders and co-owners of the eatery, featured on NBC's The Restaurant, rage on nonetheless.

NBC head Jeff Zucker says NBC "made a mistake" by dropping 'The Restaurant' May 26, 2004
Is this merely admitting a mistake? Or is it appeasing a superstar producer? Or were there other forces at work behind the scenes?

NBC exiles 'The Restaurant' return to Saturday evenings May 24, 2004
Apparently all is fair in love, war, and television scheduling as far as NBC is concerned.

NBC pulls 'The Restaurant' from its May sweeps schedule, series to return in June May 17, 2004
NBC has discovered that not everything reality TV uber-producer Mark Burnett touches magically turns to gold.

NBC's 'The Restaurant' struggles in second season premiere, draws only 6.5 million viewers April 26, 2004
The food at chef Rocco DiSpirito's poor service-plagued "Rocco's on 22nd Street" restaurant might finally be hot, but if the initial ratings are any indication, the NBC show chronicling the establishment's happenings doesn't appear to be, having premiered to only 6.5 million overall viewers on Monday, April 19 at 10PM ET/PT.

'Restaurant' co-owner Jeffrey Chodorow: convicted felon with long legal history April 20, 2004
On last night's premiere of the second season of NBC's The Restaurant, viewers learned that success had gone to the head of Chef Rocco DiSpirito, the conceited and apparently philandering celebrity chef featured in the original series. Perhaps the Australians read Rocco correctly when they rejected his personality and the original series. However, what viewers may not know is that Rocco's antagonist in the battle for control of "the restaurant" -- Rocco's on 22nd Street -- is a convicted felon with a long history of pursuing litigation battles.

'The Restaurant' chef Rocco DiSpirito and business partners continue trading lawsuits April 15, 2004
No wonder reality TV superproducer Mark Burnett decided to feature celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito in the second season of his hit NBC show The Restaurant, which debuts Monday, April 19 on NBC for a six-episode run through May sweeps. Hot food and spicy lawsuits all in one show: how can it miss?

NBC's second season of 'The Restaurant' to premiere April 19 March 18, 2004
NBC has announced that the second season of celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito's The Restaurant series will premiere on Monday, April 19 at 10 PM ET/PT.

'Restaurant's Rocco Dispirito sued by partners for the restaurant's failure February 12, 2004
While operating a restaurant that appears on national television might be fun for Rocco Dispirito, according to his partners in the "Rocco's 22nd St." restaurant which appears on NBC's The Restaurant reality show, its been disastrous from a financial standpoint -- and chef Rocco is to blame.

Rocco DiSpirito returning for NBC's 'The Restaurant' sequel November 15, 2003
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, the star of NBC's The Restaurant, will apparently be returning for the sequel to the hit summer reality series after all. In a recent wide-ranging interview with Australian's The Melbourne Age newspaper, Mark Burnett, executive producer of the series, announced DiSpirito's return, which was previously considered questionable. "You're hearing it from me now," Burnett told The Age, "Rocco is returning. I haven't actually [previously] told any journalist that."

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