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More Trouble for Serge Becker

by on Dec.03, 2014, under NYC

Serge Becker, restaurateur and former business associate of convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin

This fake La Esquina owner still doesn’t know how to apply for a liquor license in NYC?  Doubtful as he has a long history here, and a long history of crimes large and small in this town. Why does trouble always follow this man at every one of his establishments?

 

Cafe Select Pauses Dinner for a Bit While It Sorts Out Liquor License Issue

By Devra Ferst

“Serge Becker’s Swiss-inspired Cafe Select is cutting off dinner service for a little while. A manager says the restaurant’s having an issue with its liquor license, but wouldn’t say precisely what that issue is.”  CONT’D at eater.com>>

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Serge Becker, Night Stalker

by on Jul.27, 2011, under NYC, The Press

Serge “Kumbaya” Becker portrays an ordinary joe. Photo via nytimes.com

Here’s why you pay a high end publicist a couple-grand a month. She gets you placed in publications like the New York Times Up Close section (Serge Becker, Night Life Impresario) to help repair your reputation, and makes sure you wear humble, down-to-earth nice guy clothes and strike a humble pose as a mere lover of good food and elegant atmospheres who wouldn’t hurt a fly.  How could a guy who loves candelabras be dangerous?

Naturally the fluff piece  about this fake La Esquina owner doesn’t ask him any real questions, and what kind of journalist worth his salt (the asleep-at-the-wheel Ben Detrick in this case) completely avoids discussing Becker’s pattern of condoning assault and battery of his customers, employing known drug addicts and convicted international drug smugglers

My “debauched” right arm. Journalist Ben Detrick you are an asshole.

(yep, read it and weep; I speak from direct personal experience) as his awesome front of house staff (described here as “discerning doormen,”  Detrick reduces all of this to mere “debauchery.”)

Um no, try a reputation for a pattern of allowing felonies at his establishments.  Private citizens, celebrities and politicians come out  in droves to do everything legally possible to stop Becker when he tries to seep into their neighborhoods and open another one of his elitist, violent drug dens, and with good reason.  Helps to have do-nothing cops on your side, eh?

Becker lookalike and Serge Davidian Liev Schreiber. Photo via flixter.com.

Then there’s actor Liev Schreiber whom I want to still respect as an artist but who stupidly describes pal Becker in the article as his “own private David Koresh.”  Does Schrieber know who Koresh was?  Was that a Freudian slip? Because in a way it is accurate, I’ll give Schreiber that. Becker is a man who loves violence and an exclusionary membership.

Becker, I fear for the emotional safety of your girlfriend and daughters (exploited in the article to help portray you as a humble family guy so I don’t mind mentioning them here) because you don’t strike me as a man who particularly respects women.  (Remember how neat it was when your good friend and star employee Dominic  Chianese, Jr. told my girlfriend and me, “I will take you around the corner and rape you…I will rape you…I will rape you, then ignore you.  In the old days you would be dead.”)  Boy, I bet you gave him a severe dressing down for that one, eh?  Are you training your daughters to be pretty and serve drinks as well, and do you drag them around the way you order your staff to do your customers? Serge Becker: Feminist. Right.

Please leave the good people of planet Earth alone and go back to hell (or Paris), t-shirt and all.

 

 

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Serge Becker Outed as Fraud

by on Jul.21, 2010, under NYC, The Press

Standup guy: Derek Sanders with his wife, Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders. Photo via nytimes.com

Despite several years of embattled restaurateur Serge Becker identifying himself repeatedly to the media as the primary co-owner of La Esquina, as well as duping convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into believing he was also a co-owner,  the real owners James Gersten and Derek Sanders have come clean with an announcement dissociating themselves from Becker.  It doesn’t mention why they never came forward to publicly address numerous public accusations of rape, assault & battery and terroristic threats against their customers including Argentine journalist Alberto Armendáriz, by staff including alleged threats to commit rape by La Esquina doorman Dominic Chianese, Jr., an aspiring actor, stand-up comedian and son of Sopranos actor Dominic Chianese.

James Gersten with his interior decorator wife Analisse Taft. Photo via altforliving.com.

Gersten and Sanders also repeatedly refused to acknowledge or accept certified letters sent to them by the lawyer of a least one La Esquina complainant (guess which one). Then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also called attention to these issues, including the fact that the owners were hiring security staff who were not licensed security guards as New York City law requires.

Gersten and Sanders’ wives have yet to publicly  weigh in on the rape allegations at their husbands’ establishments, but certainly Michelle is enjoying her lovely new home paid for by her husband’s victimized customers.

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Serge Becker: Night Stalker

Why Becker took the heat for Gersten and Sanders by pretending to be the La Esquina owner while they remained silent during these controversies, and why he duped Lochin into going along for the ride, remains a mystery…

 

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Cordell Lochin Out of the Slammer

by on May.27, 2010, under NYC, The Press

Cordell Lochin

Serge Becker, James Gersten and Derek Sanders’ La Esquina business associate, the  convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin, is in a Brooklyn halfway house.  Maybe he’s truly a changed man; anything’s possible. I know first-hand that sometimes prison miracles happen.

His friends and family have even started a Cordell fan page on Facebook in a show of support, so he clearly has every intention of remaining a highly visible public figure. You’re offering him his old job back as  “social connector,” right Becker, because you’re such an upstanding, community-minded citizen who’s always there to support your rehabilitated employees? Oh right, you did a sloppy legal tapdance to try and publicly distance yourself from Lochin when he was sentenced. Now there’s a friend.

 

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La Esquina Gets Vacate Order

by on May.10, 2010, under NYC, The Press

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La Esquina’s fake owner Serge Becker, repped by publicist Nadine Johnson, spent years fronting for real owners James Gersten and Derek Sanders.

The beleagured La Esquina shuttered yet again.  Shocking.

“Serge Becker’s La Esquina was inspected last Friday because of a recent complaint that the kitchen exhaust was venting into a residential window. When the inspector showed up, the cellar restaurant was found to have combustible wood ceilings and inadequate egress for its customers. Three days later, today actually, La Esquina was slapped with the vacate order. A tipster with a reservation in the near future just received a call from the restaurant, which told her that all reservations have been canceled due to ‘uncontrollable circumstances.’”  Read the full article at eater.com.

UPDATE:  Two months later it would emerge that Serge Becker is not and never was the owner of La Esquina. He was protecting the real owners, a pair of standup guys named James Gersten and Derek Sanders, so they are the real culprits here. Even the city’s Department of Buildings had been duped at the time. Gersten and Sanders also aided and abetted Becker in duping convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into thinking he was a co-owner.  The lack of exits at this establishment is just the tip of the iceberg. Gersten and Sanders also used Becker and Lochin to dodge multiple allegations of rape, threats of rape, and assault and battery at La Esquina and dodged letters served on them by at least one complainant’s (that would be me) lawyer.   I’m just glad they’re having fun and building dream homes with their beautiful wives and children.

James Gersten with his interior decorator wife Analisse Taft. Photo via altforliving.com.

Derek Sanders with his wife, Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders. Photo via nytimes.com

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Becker’s Cafe Select Also Raided

by on Apr.28, 2010, under NYC, The Press

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Serge Becker, restaurateur and former business associate of convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin. Becker is repped by publicist Nadine Johnson.

Becker’s Cafe Select right across from his scandal-plagued La Esquina is also under fire:

“A tipster tells Grub Street that on April 28, La Esquina’s neighbor across the way, Café Select, was ‘raided.’ …The inspection resulted in 103 violation points (anything above 28 requires a follow-up inspection)…Safe to say this will muffle the party scene at Café Select for the foreseeable future.” Full story at grubstreet.com.

UPDATE: Becker’s Cafe Select would continue having trouble with city inspectors right along with La Esquina. In July, 2010 it emerged that Serge Becker is not and never was the owner of La Esquina. He was protecting the real owners, a pair of standup guys named James Gersten and Derek Sanders. Even the city’s Department of Buildings had been duped at the time. Gersten and Sanders also aided and abetted Becker in duping convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into thinking he was a co-owner.  Gersten and Sanders also used Becker and Lochin to dodge multiple allegations of rape, threats of rape, and assault and battery at La Esquina and dodged letters served on them by at least one complainant’s (that would be me) lawyer.   I’m just glad they’re having fun and building dream homes with their beautiful wives and children.

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Crack in The Box

by on Sep.18, 2008, under NYC, The Press

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Serge Becker, restaurateur and former business associate of convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin. Becker is repped by publicist Nadine Johnson.

Serge Becker and company allowing coke and hookers for their velvet rope, elitist clientele, who live everywhere except in the neighborhood, while abusing his performers? Why no, these new allegations in this raunchy and disgusting sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit  simply can’t be true.

The good news: The Box has been denied a liquor license renewal. Good work Community Board 3 and neighborhood residents. Keep it up.

Next stop, La Esquina.

Reputed crack addict Dominic “I will rape you and leave you for dead” Chianese, Jr. working the door at La Esquina in October, 2006 moments after joining two other staff in assaulting my future spouse and me. NYPD officers Wong and Gitten refused to allow me to press criminal charges and insisted on the spot that this was a civil case. Owners James Gersten and Derek Sanders, fronted by fake owners Serge Becker and Cordell Lochin (later convicted of international drug smuggling), continued employing him and dodged certified letters from my lawyer.

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Night of the Living Dead

by on May.22, 2008, under NYC, The Press

Dominic Chianese, Jr. working the door at La Esquina. “I will rape you. I will rape you and leave you for dead…In the old days you would be dead.” He is the employee of James Gersten, Derek Sanders (and pretend owners Serge Becker and Cordell Lochin).

According to carefully chosen words by Paper Magazine (now retracted and removed) and a highly informed blogger, alleged longtime drug abuser and La Esquina doorman Dominic “Rapey” Chianese, Jr.–the Nosferatulike ringleader of our assault, battery and menacing, the one who slapped me repeatedly, broke our camera, threatened to rape us and told us that “in the old days you would be dead”–was shot to death by a crack dealer in Florida. Selected portions of the rumor were then revised (he’s not quite dead) while the part about the crack deal remains vague. Is there any link between his Florida visit and Becker’s La Esquina Miami? Floridians beware.

Here’s what James Gersten and Derek Sanders’ unlicensed bouncers did to me:

 

 

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Errand Boy

by on Feb.01, 2008, under NYC, The Press

Cordell Lochin, duped by Serge Becker into thinking he was a co-owner of La Esquina, was pulling in a $50K salary paid by the real owners James Gersten and Derek Sanders.

After his “untruthful conduct” in federal court, international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import and possess illegal drugs with intent to distribute. His sentencing in January ’08 led to a 3+ year jail term. Read more about these cockroaches’ court shenanigans.

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Employer of Thugs Derek Sanders Enjoying His Lovely New Home

by on Jan.04, 2008, under NYC, The Press

La Esquina owner Derek Sanders and his wife, Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders, are living large in Roxbury.  The New York Times article doesn’t mention how Michelle feels about her husband never addressing numerous public accusations of rape, assault & battery and terroristic threats against their customers including Argentine journalist Alberto Armendáriz, by staff including alleged threats to commit rape by La Esquina doorman Dominic Chianese, Jr.

Gersten and Sanders also repeatedly refused to acknowledge or accept certified letters sent to them by the lawyer of a least one La Esquina complainant (guess which one).

Perhaps one day Michelle will weigh in on the rape allegations at her husbands’ establishment. Until then I sincerely hope she’s enjoying her lovely new home paid for by her husband’s victimized customers.

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