It's been more than two years since restaurateur (and drama magnet) Nello Balan filed suit against Amy Sacco's Bungalow 8, accusing the club's bouncers of beating him up during a visit to the former hot spot back in May 2006. Nello came forward in the spring of 2007 to say that a bouncer had punched him in the eye and hit him over the head with a metal object (he also said his 21-year daughter was pushed), and the altercation left him with 10 stitches and a fracture to his eye-socket.
The timing of the suit was a tad suspicious. The incident came a few days after Balan, himself, was sentenced to domestic violence classes after pleading guilty to beating up his ex-girlfriend. At the time, Sacco laughed off Balan's claims, suggesting it was all a press stunt on Balan's part.
If it was a stunt, it seems to have gone terribly wrong. It's been two years now, each side has filed countless motions, and the case is still winding its way through the courts with no resolution in sight.
Considering Sacco and Balan happen to both be facing serious financial difficulties at the moment, maybe it's time for the two to let it go and make up? They could sit down for dinner at Nello, then go for a drink at Bungalow 8—accompanied by a reporter, so both would get a little publicity out of it—and once and for all put the acrimony behind them. What do you say, guys? Your lawyers probably won't be happy about it, but the inner peace will be priceless.