Hospitality Reigned Over Hate at Hubcap Grill's Yuck Felp Party

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Carla Soriano
The Spicolis pumped up attendees of Hubcap Grill's Anti-Yelp party with their fun '80s music
Hubcap Grill's Anti-Yelp party, held this past Sunday, had everything a stellar party should have: delicious food, a fantastic beer selection, beautiful people, excellent music, gorgeous weather, and a couple of visits by the police. Hipsters, foodies, and fun-loving adults traveled from far and near to revel in Hubcap Grill's hospitality. Hospitality, meaning the provision of gift certificates for the first 50 guests, a lively performance by '80s band The Spicolis, giveaways throughout the afternoon, and complimentary locally brewed beer (eight kegs, to be exact).

Notably absent from the event was any anti-Yelp paraphernalia or crowds of people chanting menacingly about the reviewers that post on the site. In fact, we didn't hear the word "Yelp" from anyone in attendance -- not even by Hubcap Grill's owner, Ricky Craig, also the organizer of the event.

It wasn't until a post-event conversation that Ricky shared with me that he simply thinks that Yelp should get rid of the star ratings. He also wishes that people would understand one thing; "Hubcap is a place to relax. If you're cranky, in a bad mood, or want the jukebox music to be turned down, or if you're in a big rush, then Hubcap isn't the place for you."

Yes, Ricky is tired of the "wannabe foodies" who post on Yelp. Yes, the idea for the Anti-Yelp, F*ck Yelp, #YuckFelp -- call it what you want -- extravaganza sprouted after an angry Yelp reviewer complained about Hubcap running out of burgers well before closing time.

But in the days leading up to and during the event, Ricky's public tweets and actions made it clear that his desire to express his sincere appreciation for his customer's patronage superseded his desire to give the middle finger to the review site that recently made its stock market debut.

And Ricky was quite hospitable toward the approximate 300 people in attendance on Sunday. All afternoon, he could be seen wandering around, chatting with his guests and ensuring that everyone was having a great time.

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Carla Soriano
Ricky Craig enjoys the Anti-Yelp party with his guests
And a great time was had by all. How could people not have enjoyed themselves when ice cold Karbach, No Label, Southern Star, and St. Arnold brews flowed freely throughout the afternoon? The beer, some of Houston's finest burgers, and an energy-charged performance by The Spicolis were, simply put, a winning combination. The only hiccups of the day were a couple of visits by HPD due to noise complaints ("sabotage", as Ricky calls it) and some hipsters having their pale skin color burned by the scorching sun.

If you missed the party, worry not, as the success of Sunday's party has inspired Ricky to attempt to hold monthly Sunday shindigs, in which beer-drinking and burger-eating take place to the beat of a three-piece rock blues band, with completely complimentary sun and sunblock.



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Hubcap Grill

1133 W. 19th, Houston, TX

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I just can't yelp it
I just can't yelp it

This is video is exactly how some Yelp reviewer assholes are, especially the "Elites". I've seen them in action. My friend has a sign up in her business that says "No Yelpers, ALL ELITES MUST EXIT NOW"....I laughed my ass off when I saw it up in her store. Wow Alan what do you want a goddamn medal just because you gave his business a good review and you think your opinions give you some kind of power? I would love you to tell this business owner to his fucking face what you think. You won't because all of you hide behind your computers. Get a life.http://www.funnyordie.com/vide... 

Alan
Alan

As a Yelp elite reviewer, and someone who gave a really good review to Hubcap, I really have to ask what the heck his problem is? Yelp is (IMHO) the best online review site in that it does a good job of eliminating the sock puppets, and has a degree of quality control over what gets posted. Hey, I'd probably be ticked if I got there and they were out of burgers too. Is he complaining the reviewer wasn't honest? Or that the reviewer didn't give him a good review anyway? Get over it dude. Your Yelp reviews are some of the best in Houston for a burger joint, just what do you want? Just ignore the crap and keep making good burgers.

carrie
carrie

not that it matters, since it is essentially a new york website, but hubcap (the downtown location) got slammed on seriouseats.com today by some reviewer from dallas.  his complaints seemed semi-legit, but it's not really fair to base a bad review on one visit, is it? 

CarmellaB
CarmellaB

if you're a civilian reviewer, word is "anything is fair". even lying about shit.

carrie
carrie

as a houstonite, i found mr. craig's twitter response, posted on serious eats for all to see, a bit embarrassing.  apparently mr. craig does not operate under the "to each his own" model.

FileneBment
FileneBment

The Yelp commenters are bad enough. Call me a snob. But what's worse is the advertising program that Yelp offers small businesses. It's a joke. And a rip-off. Google Yelp with either of those words and you'll see why.

Corey
Corey

Yelp: let the one sentence morons; express their incredibly stupid opinions in public. Kudos!

Corey
Corey

 Though B-4-u-eat is even worse, and extremely censored for the paying restaurants favor.

Genevieve59
Genevieve59

yeah, stuff I post on b4-u-eat doesn't even make it up. so I gave up.as have others, I think, their reviews are so outdated.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I love Hubcap Grill's burgers (my vote last year at the burger competition went to them) but Ricky sure seems thin skinned, from his twitter responses over the past year to this gathering.  When you get the popularity of this magnitude, you will inevitably have jealous detractors, or possibly even ill words from competition.  Chin up, RC. 

theSouthAfrican
theSouthAfrican

Gotta say I would have to agree with the above. Thick skin is essential in your business mate.

Genevieve59
Genevieve59

thick skin is not a well-known trait of grown men who go by the name "Ricky"

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