A Greenwich restauranteur was arrested by Greenwich Police on a charge he violated probation.
According to a police report, Paul Ardaji, 65, of 179 Maple Ave., Greenwich, was arrested about 10:20 a.m. Oct. 15 at his Italian restaurant Toscana, 33 Lewis St.
Police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray said the department did not have any records to provide details on what led to the charge.
However, the Madison Avenue ad exec turned restauranteur who has been involved in restaurants from Greenwich to Palm Beach to Foxwoods Casino, apparently isn't a stranger to legal issues.
In January 2012, Ardaji received a suspended one-year jail sentence and two years probation after pleading guilty in a Connecticut Department of Revenue Services case that charged him with failure to file sales/use tax returns in 2006, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records. Ardaji was arrested in Greenwich on a second-degree harassment charge in October 2006; disorderly conduct in November 2006, and second-degree breach of peace in March 2007, according to court records.
Ardaji pleaded guilty to the charges. He received unconditional discharges following his pleas on the harassment and disorderly conduct charges. Ardaji was sentenced May 2008 to two years probation on the breach of peace charge, according to records.
Ardaji, who also operated the former Le Figaro restaurant on Greenwich Avenue and founded Terra Ristorante on Greenwich Avenue in 1991, was in the news in 2001, when he was a producer of the movie Ali, starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight and Mario Van Peebles.
Ardaji was released from Greenwich Police custody after posting $10,000 bond and scheduled to appear Oct. 23 in state Superior Court in Stamford.