(above : craftstman/entertainer at work)
Newsday’s Jennifer Sinco Kelleher on the latest nuisance suit to hit one of the world’s classiest eateries.
Attorney Andre Ferenzo, representing Colaitis’ widow, Jacqueline Colaitis, said the family sat around a hot steel grill that night when a chef flung a piece of hot shrimp at Colaitis’ son, burning his arm.
The family asked the chef to stop throwing, Ferenzo said, but another piece was lobbed at a relative. Again, they asked the chef to cut it out. However, a piece was flipped toward Colaitis, who moved out of the way, Ferenzo said.
Jacqueline Colaitis, who declined to comment yesterday, is demanding $10 million, Ferenzo said, and believes that the chain of events that led to the death her husband, who was in the fur business, started because of Benihana’s shrimp.
The Munsey Park restaurant is closed for renovations. At the Westbury location yesterday, customers enjoying lunch said the lawsuit wouldn’t stop them from appreciating the chefs’ engaging cooking style.
But on the other side of the table, after enthusiastically thanking a chef for the finale — flipping shrimp tails into the air and catching them in his chest pocket — Suzanne Beyer said the lawsuit has merit.