BLT Replaces Agiato in Manayunk

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Michael Klein did a good job a couple of weeks ago chronicling the drama of Agiato, RubbMain Street Market and Tapestry, all parts of the Belvedere Restaurant Group headed up by Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick. Long story short, they’re all closed.

But life has returned to Manayunk’s Agiato. That property is now running under the name BLT and serving up burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Rich Rivera is involved with BLT and he’s got a menu that will look familiar to free fixings lovers who frequent Five Guys.


BLT Menu

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BLT [Foobooz]

  • Food Review

    Agiato may have re-branded but it’s still the same owner. Rich Rivera has struggled to keep not only Agiato afloat, but his other businesses as well. Main Street Market was opened, closed, and opened again only to [finally] close. Rubb was supposed to open in August 2013 and due to his failure as a business owner, has yet to open in February 2014. These businesses, too include BLT in the future, have failed because the owners do not know how to treat employees like human beings. On numerous occasions I entered the market to see the owner whipping an employee with a dish towel, to the point that they were running around the store like children. After the child’s play, the whipping towel was then returned to be used on CLEAN dishes.

    The owners fail to pay vendors for the goods they receive for which employees were harassed by vendors for a payment because the owners evaded their visits. After accruing debt to one vendor, they simply switched to a new unsuspecting one which they would ultimately accrue debt with as well.

    The biggest issue with his businesses is the complete lack of regard for employees financial well being. When employees were paid, the checks were often returned for insufficient funds. When confronted about the bounced checks, owners acted as if it was not a big deal and fired those who questioned them. In addition, employees were withheld paychecks for weeks, sometimes months, without any notice or reasoning. The businesses have closed down yet many past employees have yet to receive payment for their hard work. To withhold payment for employees completely illegal.

    It is funny to say that they could not “afford” to pay their own employees yet on any given evening the Rivera’s can be seen gallivanting on Main Street, in and out of stores and bars tabbing up bills well over $1,000.

    DO NOT be fooled by the name change. Same owners, different brand. These businesses should NOT be supported by anyone.