News Briefs: Antico investigation; Underground deal; Emory vandalism

Underground Atlanta photo by Thomas Moeller.
Underground Atlanta photo by Thomas Moeller.

Giovanni Di Palma, owner of the popular Antico Pizza Napoletanta, Gio’s and Bar Amlfi, will be the focus of a federal hearing today concerning payment and treatment of employees. According to our media affiliate CBS46, federal investigators accuse the owner of restaurant group Antico Foods LLC of not properly paying some workers overtime. The complaint filed by U.S. Department of Labor said some workers put in more than 60 hours a week, without getting overtime pay. Di Palma is a also accused of intimidating employees who cooperated with the labor department’s investigation.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is in the midst of negotiating a deal with a potential buyer who would transform Underground Atlanta into a high-density development above ground. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Reed said he hoped to make an announcement about Underground before Dec. 1. He said the investment could be in the $100 million to $250 million range.

Emory Police are investigating an act of vandalism at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house. According to Decaturish, someone painted the house with graffiti, including swastikas, on the morning of Oct. 5, a day after the end of Yom Kippur. Alpha Epsilon Pi is an historically Jewish fraternity.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.