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  • The Buti Brothers Were Indicted On 51 Counts Of Fraud on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#13) The Buti Brothers Were Indicted On 51 Counts Of Fraud

    All Fashion Cafe locations closed by the end of the 1990s. Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson's assertions that the Butis had taken money from the company to maintain their extravagant lifestyles were only part of the problems for the pair.

    In 1998, the federal government charged the Fashion Cafe chain with not paying taxes, and the Department of Labor accused the business of not paying premiums on their unemployment insurance. They also owed Rockefeller Center back rent and neglected to pay their attorneys' fees. 

    In 2000, Tommaso and Francesco Buti faced 51 counts of fraud, including money laundering, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud. The men allegedly transferred investment money into their private accounts, only to spend it on vacations, cars, and real estate. According to the findings, this began as early as 1994 and lasted through 1998, when Tommaso resigned from the company.

    By 2000, however, both men had fled the United States. Tommaso and Francesco were taken into custody in Italy in 2000. Neither was ever extradited, however.

    Tommaso faced still more legal trouble when he and his ex-wife, Daniela Peštová, became embroiled in a battle over their 6-year old son, Yanick, in 2003. Tommaso accused Peštová of preventing Yanick from making court-ordered visits.

  • Tommaso Buti Had Famous Friends And A Supermodel Wife on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#4) Tommaso Buti Had Famous Friends And A Supermodel Wife

    After landing in the United States, Tommaso Buti cozied up to the likes of Luca Orlandi, an ex-boyfriend of Naomi Campbell and the son of a prominent Italian textile manufacturer, and Stefano Chitis, the heir to major construction firm Fondedile.

    Buti soon made more famous friends, like actor Kevin Costner, and met Sports Illustrated model Daniela Peštová, whom he married in 1995. According to Buti, Peštová rejected his advances at first, but he eventually won her over with his passion and expensive gifts.

    Buti was no stranger to excess, driving Rolls Royces and Ferraris to and from tennis matches and cocktail dates with wealthy pals. 

  • Tommaso Buti Had A History Of Poor Financial Decisions on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#9) Tommaso Buti Had A History Of Poor Financial Decisions

    Although Tommaso Buti claimed he came to the United States after his working relationship with his father soured, there's no indication he worked for or with his father. By some accounts, Buti came to the United States after bouncing more than 50 checks and promissory notes in Italy.

    When asked about this by New York magazine reporter Johanna Berkman, Buti said anybody "can have a financial problem" and the amount in question was "about $30,000 to $40,000," not millions. He then indicated he had since paid off the debts.

    Buti and his brother, Francesco, continued to spend a lot of money they didn't have throughout the 1990s. While the Fashion Cafe business continued to struggle, Buti rented a $25,000 per night apartment and paid $20,000 for an elaborate birthday party in February 1998. The brothers also used company money to pay for cars, mortgages, and trips to places like Monte Carlo and Hawaii.

  • Fashion Cafe Wasn't Tommaso Buti's First Restaurant on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#14) Fashion Cafe Wasn't Tommaso Buti's First Restaurant

    While making wealthy and influential friends during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tommaso Buti simultaneously started investing in eateries in New York and Florida. In 1991, Buti set up a sandwich service in World Wide Plaza in New York City - with the help of wealthy leather business heir Ippolito Etro - before starting a deli the following year. At one point, his deli was said to serve more than 1,000 lunches each day and be worth about $10 million.

    He also opened an Italian restaurant in Miami and linked up with his brother in real estate during the early 1990s. Buti began working with noteworthy clients, like Merrill-Lynch and Chase Manhattan, all leading up to the establishment of the Fashion World Company, described by journalist Giselle Benatar as a "real estate, travel, and restaurant firm" in a 1995 New York magazine article.

  • Tommaso Buti Wasn't As Well-Off As He Pretended on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#12) Tommaso Buti Wasn't As Well-Off As He Pretended

    Individuals who knew Tommaso Buti before his Fashion Cafe days indicated he "didn't have two pennies to rub together" when he arrived in the United States. And his family life was not as affluent as he wanted others to believe. Buti himself claimed he had $8,000 when he got to the states.

    Buti was reportedly the youngest son of working-class parents - his mother owned a clothing store, and his father made bottle caps - and a poor student who described himself, according to New York magazine and Vogue Italia, as both "a two-plus-two kind of guy" and a "playboy-King Midas." 

  • Fashion Cafe Was The Brainchild Of Brothers Tommaso And Francesco Buti on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#3) Fashion Cafe Was The Brainchild Of Brothers Tommaso And Francesco Buti

    Tommaso Buti and his brother, Francesco, opened the Fashion Cafe in 1995. Tommaso, 28 at the time, had arrived in the United States from Florence, Italy in 1989. He claimed he was looking for a "fresh start" after his relationship with his father fell apart.

    Claiming he was from a wealthy family, Tommaso hoped to capitalize on people's fascination with the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry. According to journalist Michael Gross, "the phenomenon of supermodels [was] at its peak" in 1995, having become "mass entertainment and showbiz" in and of itself. 

    Tommaso and Francesco Buti joined forces during the early 1990s, linking their restaurant and real estate interests.

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