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Damian Mandola Charged With Burglary in Hill Country

Restaurateur Damian Mandola has been charged with burglary of a building at a winery adjacent to his Hill Country eatery, Trattoria Lisina. The 61-year-old founder of the Carrabba's restaurant chain was booked into the Hays County Jail on April 3, and was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

This isn't the first time Mandola has received unwanted attention since moving to the small town of Driftwood; in 2009, Jeff and Patty Maddux, neighbors of Mandola and his wife, Trina, accused the Mandolas of having their three Swiss mountain dogs killed. The Madduxes believed the dogs were slain because one of them accidentally crushed the Mandolas' beloved poodle, Peppermint. (And people think Driftwood is just a sleepy little town!)

The Mandolas denied the accusations about the dogs.

Hays County Sheriff's Department public information officers were not available on Friday afternoon to offer more details about the arrest.

Mandola did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and he could not be reached at Trattoria Lisina, but we'll update you if we hear back.

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Contributor Craig Malisow covers crooks, quacks, animal abusers, elected officials, and other assorted people for the Houston Press.
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