Jessica Biel Closes Her Restaurant After Being Sued for 'Stealing' Tips

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It looks like a certain celeb mom's restaurant venture is officially closing up shop. Jessica Biel's restaurant is closing down amid claims the actress and her business partners stole $430,000 from employees in tips. (Yikes.) And though the decision comes after the lawsuit got dismissed, it's still raising questions.

  • Jessica recently took to Instagram to share the news her family-friendly restaurant, Au Fudge, is closing after opening its doors in 2016.

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    "While this is the end of an era, it's also the beginning of a new chapter for @aufudge," Jessica Biel writes in her Instagram post. "We are so very proud of the happy place we created for families and the community we were a part of. Going forward, Au Fudge will be available for private events and please stay tuned for #AuFudgeCamp news! We have so much love for our Au Fudge family."

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  • The charming eatery and event space made headlines, but not always for the best of reasons.

    To say it was a popular destination for celeb parents and their kids would be an understatement.

  • In September 2017, Au Fudge employees filed court documents claiming Jess and her business partners pocketed $430,000 in tips and denied breaks.

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    Nine employees sued Jessica Biel -- along with Jonathan Rollo, Kimberly Mueller, Joey Gonzalez, and Estee Stanley -- for "wrongfully converting" tips from big events at Au Fudge, along with other alleged grievances.

    "Each of them had their gratuities wrongfully converted and were improperly denied meal and rest breaks, overtime compensation and earned wages under various illegal payroll practices," the employees alleged, People reported. "Defendants charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in gratuities to private-party customers and converted said gratuities to themselves in order to pad their own pockets and deprive plaintiffs their just compensation in violation of law."

    At the time, the former Au Fudge employees wanted $430,000 in "stolen" tips from worked events, $31,549 for missed breaks, and $1,000,000 in "punitive damages." A former director of events for the company, who wasn't a part of the lawsuit, spoke at a deposition claiming one of the owners (Jonathan Rollo) once told her not to "worry" about the missing money when she inquired about it.
  • And in a new turn of events, the lawsuit got "dismissed on behalf of all parties without prejudice" after the defendants agreed to the request.

    Radar Online notes in addition to the lawsuit's dismissal back in June, all defendants involved had their filing fees paid in full.

  • Needless to say, news of Jessica's restaurant closing around the time of the lawsuit being dropped is raising a few questions.

  • Some of Jess's followers couldn't help but ask if she paid back the money she "stole" from her staff.

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    ... assuming the hearsay is true.

  • And wonder if she and the other co-owners settled out of court to make the lawsuit go away.

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    That actually won't be unheard of with celebrity-related lawsuits.

  • Then again, the celeb mompreneur did admit Au Fudge wasn't making any money earlier this year.

    "[We're] definitely not making money," Jessica Biel admitted about her restaurant on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in January, People reported. "Nobody's making money in the restaurant business, in my experience, at least not yet."

  • So who the hell knows?

    Seriously, there could be a number of reasons why Jessica Biel and her buddies closed their restaurant.