Gino Avoids Strike, Zebras Stay Put

Gino Gino Avoids Strike, Zebras Stay Put
Bring cash: Gino’s all-union staff won’t strike, after all.

The ghosts of Frank Sinatra and Ed Sullivan may now rest in peace.

Owners and employees at legendary celeb-haunt Gino restaurant (commonly called “Gino’s”) signed a new employment contract yesterday, ending weeks of speculation about a possible strike and potential closure of the historic Upper East Side eatery.

Read our previous coverage here.

Longtime Gino waiter and union liaison Marco Dell’Aguzzo told The Observer that the two sides reached a compromise Monday morning which maintains workers’ health care and pension benefits while capping wages and cutting back on vacation time.

Bottomline: The New York institution that author Gay Talese deemed “a time capsule” remains entact. Long live zebra-adorned walls and the Monday-night Osso Bucco special!

- Chris Shott