Former longtime Miami Beach resident Rosie O’Donnell has been restless since she sold her Star Island home in 2013 because of the tour boats.
She almost bought something in Jupiter Inlet Colony, then got a crib near Sarasota but quickly put it back on the market.
Now, it seems she found her Xanadu: The lesbian activist TV personality plunked down $5.27 million on a waterfront property in West Palm Beach last week.
Incidentally, O’Donnell’s now just across the Intracoastal from billionaire Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, who singled her out at Thursday’s GOP debate when he was asked why he calls some women “fat” and “pigs.”
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High-profile area caterer Ken Lyon is having a rough summer.
The paychecks of some of his workers in the popular café at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach have bounced. Several kitchen workers at the Norton’s Fratelli Lyon quit after at least two of their checks couldn’t be honored by the bank, and those who stayed say they’re hoping Lyon will come through with his promise to clean up the mess.
Lyon, who just opened the small market reincarnation of Lyon Freres on Alton Road in Miami Beach, says he’s done just that.
“We’ve had some problems,” said Lyon, who once ran a cafe in the Wolfsonian and still caters events there. “But we’re fixing it. We’re almost caught up with paying everybody. We just took care of somebody today [Friday].”
Through his Lyon + Lyon, the master chef has run the art museum’s eatery for 11 years. But because of a major expansion, the restaurant will close temporarily in May.
“Unrelated to the issues Lyon + Lyon may be experiencing right now, the museum is putting out an RFP for a food service provider in conjunction with the new construction project. The major transformation ... includes a new restaurant. ... Lyon + Lyon’s contract expires in May 2016 and has been invited to bid on the RFP.”
Lyon said his company, which also caters parties at Villa Vizcaya, is financially healthy.
Even if records show he was socked with a $250,000 unpaid income tax bill last year?
“It’s been fixed,” Lyon said. “We’re doing well.”
Barton G. settles
Speaking of high-profile foodies, Barton G. owner Barton Weiss just settled his lawsuit with Lloyd’s of London.
The restaurateur sued the world-famous specialty insurer last year because Lloyd’s refused to pay for his disability claim after he was nearly paralyzed in a freak fall at the home of gal pal Jill Viner two years ago.
The policy was to pay Weiss $25,000 a month for five years if he became totally disabled. In February, however, Lloyd’s denied coverage.
While the settlement is confidential, Lloyd’s spelled out in court documents why it would never pay Weiss.
For one thing, the company claims, Weiss lied when he applied for coverage. Lloyd’s says the “misrepresentations” included an overinflated estimate of Weiss’ annual salary.
The lawsuit also alleges Weiss didn’t respond when Lloyd’s asked Weiss why he was taking nine prescription drugs at the time of his fall, including Xanax, Mitrazapine, Trazadone, Hydrochloride and Fluoxetine.
Neither Weiss nor his attorneys returned calls for comment.