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'Big Bro' Champ -- NASTY Food Fight w/ Hard Rock

7/16/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "Big Brother" champion Mike "Boogie" Malin claims he's getting the shaft in Vegas -- because one of the biggest casinos in town just MUSCLED his restaurant right out of business.

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Boogie is one of the owners of the famous Dolce restaurant group -- which opened a pretty awesome steak place in the Hard Rock Hotel back in 2008 called Rare 120°.

According to a new lawsuit filed by Dolce in Nevada, Rare was a smash hit for years ... until new ownership took over the Hard Rock and tried to push it off the property. 

The Dolce Group claims the Hard Rock was so ruthless, management sent a team to empty out all of the food in the kitchen on July 10 while the place was still in business .... "leaving only a few remaining items on the menu to offer guests."

Rare officially closed its doors the next day.

Now, Boogie -- who's now starring on the VH1 show "Famous Food" -- wants the Hard Rock to pay Dolce back for all the money they lost.

Calls to the Hard Rock have not been returned.

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Vegas Chick    

My husband & I recently dined at Rare 120 about a month ago for the first time & it was the worst! We were at the Hard Rock for the Deftones show & decided to try the "Steak House" there. We are both Las Vegas natives & are huge on the great steak houses we have out here so we wanted to try this place. I wish they would have closed this place down a month sooner, it was a horrible waste of money & time. My filet tasted like a salt lick & the waiter never even came by the table so I could make him eat that meat. This Mike dude should stick to being a meathead & not slanging it for big bucks!!

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