Restaurants Behaving Badly: Maggie Rita's Calls Houston Woman "Fat" on Facebook

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Although Maggie Rita's has now closed all but one of its Houston locations, the flagging Tex-Mex chain continues to redefine the phrase "can't win for losing." Seemingly looking to get in a parting shot...anywhere...at anyone...Maggie Rita's lashed out at a Houston woman this week on Facebook.

Amanda Newman is a northwest Houston resident who posted last Thursday on Maggie Rita's Facebook page that she was glad the restaurants were closing. "Insulting Houston before we tried your food," she wrote, "was kinda 'dee-de-deee' of you."

Maggie Rita's responded to Newman the following Tuesday with this gem: "I thought fat people were suppose [sic] to be jolly!"

A year ago, Maggie Rita's co-owner Santiago Moreno gave a now infamous interview to Eater Houston, in which he told editor Eric Sandler that "our clients are old Taco Bell clients who grew up with Taco Bell as Mexican food," with "palates [that] don't appreciate what we grew up with as Mexican food." Santiago rankled even more with his bizarre ideas of how women approach food and dining out.

"We've found out consumer decisions are made by women," Santiago told Eater Houston. "When we track what makes a woman decide where to eat Mexican food, it has to do with margaritas. It has nothing to do with food."

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Newman admits that because of that interview -- and our less than glowing cafe review last August -- she was never inclined to give Maggie Rita's a shot in the first place.

"I read that that and thought, 'Screw Maggie Rita's, and their attitude towards women,'" Newman said when reached my phone yesterday afternoon. "'We're never going there.'" She admits that she was glad, too, when she heard the chain was pulling up its stakes. And while Newman's own comment on Maggie Rita's Facebook page was harsh, she says she was surprised by the vindictiveness of the restaurant's response.

"It'd be one thing if it were from an ex-boyfriend," Newman chuckled. "But it's from a business. I must have hurt their feelings."

Check out Newman's response to Maggie Rita's fat-shaming on the next page.



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Thenonymous
Thenonymous

The fact they stole a joke to insult someone really re-enforces the Mencia® brand.

northsidebill
northsidebill

"I thought fat people were supposed to be jolly!"  I dont care who you are, thats funny right there. I am totally remembering that and using it in the future

honest
honest

She looks fat to me.  What's the problem?

Roland Gonzalez
Roland Gonzalez

why is amanda picking on a business that already closed?? calling them out.... should she be going to MC'D's getting one of those chicken snack wraps with less calories

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

1.The restaurant sucked and was overpriced. 2. She is fat. 3. She isn't a customer so why should they be nice to her? 4. Fat people know good food.

Leroy Sanchez
Leroy Sanchez

Its offensive that women pick the restaurants? Or its offensive that they pick them because of how good margaritas are? Because that's kinda the way it is........ and fat people should be jolly....

Ernest Lee Solis
Ernest Lee Solis

Well all I can say is that I did not find anything offensive about what he said. You hope for somebody's business to fail and then you want a positive comment. Get over it and yeah by the way obesity in this city is getting out of hand.

Moe Ali
Moe Ali

Hello fatties ..hehehe

ltrasczak
ltrasczak

You know,   I really don't think much of people who laugh at business closing and people being out of work. 

It's day 1025 of Obama's "Recovery Summer".  U.S. employers hired at the slowest pace in nearly a year in March, adding only 88,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls, with steep job cuts in the retail and government sectors...Unemployment fell to 7.6 percent in March from 7.7 percent in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. But that was mainly due to 496,000 people leaving the labor force completely. The labor-force participation rate -- the percentage of people eligible to be working or looking for work -- fell to 63.3 percent, the lowest since 1979. Had that number simply held stable, the unemployment rate might have been higher.

Yeah... laughing at business being closed and folks being out of work.... totally cool and witty in this day and age.

David Clarke
David Clarke

I had already made the decision to never patronize them with my business following the Eater Houston interview. Now, I too am glad that they're unable to open locations. Hopefully, they'll completely pull out of our city. We don't need thank rank, vile, and contemptuous attitude towards customers or women defiling Houston.

Ken Roberts
Ken Roberts

"I thought restaurants were suppose to" want jolly people rather than alienate them. You know, because from Maggie Rita's logic, they must eat a lot. I understand the frustration and stress of having several locations close down, but for fuck's sake that is uncalled for and i'm glad they're failing.

KD Davis
KD Davis

I still want to know what compelled her to comment on a interview a year old. Especially since she never visited the place.

Alisa Guerrant-Weaver
Alisa Guerrant-Weaver

I think it was pretty clever. If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. Although it may have been below the belt for her, you shouldn't say something insulting and not get called out on it. That's just rude. Shut your pie hole and problem is gone. :)

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

I lol'd. It's wildly inappropriate, but it was so inappropriate as to be kinda hilarious too.

KD Davis
KD Davis

What compelled her to comment on an article for a year ago?

jack31961
jack31961

Seems to me she started it.. If you can't take it, don't call em out!

Robert Young
Robert Young

Boycott Carlos Mancia, oh wait continue the boycott on Mancia

Leroy Sanchez
Leroy Sanchez

lol, of course women make the decisions, and of course they make them based on who has the best margaritas, but your not supposed to say that, then their husbands will know!!!!

Rindy Curtis
Rindy Curtis

Their food was not good. And I like a lot of Mexican food!

Missy Jane
Missy Jane

Wow I'd never heard of that place but now I'm glad I never tried them. Both of my grandmothers are native Mexican Americans who could cook Mexican food better than ANY restaurant. And I don't freakin' drink margaritas. >:(

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

You have to be a pretty big screw up to not be able to sell Mexican food in Texas.

Aaron Tyler
Aaron Tyler

They steal all thier recipes from George Lopez anyway

Amanda Musquiz
Amanda Musquiz

I think they were calling Houstonians fat, not just her. But other than that, it seems like they're not the best at marketing. (And if they think Taco Bell is our idea of good Mexican food, they're total morons.)

Mary May
Mary May

I agree all the way with rogue.4jc They both stated facts so what's the problem?

amusquiz
amusquiz

First: not to defend them or anything, but I don't think they were calling HER fat, I think they were calling Houstonians fat. As in, "one of the fattest cities in America" fat. 

Second: Seriously, they think Taco Bell is our idea of Mexican food? HA! This is Houston, Texas...not St. Louis, Missouri.

David Means
David Means

Ah, nevermind, just read the article.

thomas125
thomas125

Is she fatter than Alexandra Smoots-Hogan?

thomas125
thomas125

She's not nearly as fat as Monacow Moracowa the first known bovine transexual, sadly infected with BSE.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Wait a minute. Is she the same Newman that appeared on Seinfeld?  The resemblance is uncanny.

rogue.4jc
rogue.4jc

I'm not sure I understand what the problem is.. I mean both sides spoke the truth. The restaurant was right in commenting about women liking magaritas and people thinking taco bell is real mexican food.. she is also within her rights to post on FB about her disgust by the comments.. and the restaurant is also right in stating her large size.

Like I said... everyone spoke the truth from start to finish so WHAT is the issue?

5050rights.org
5050rights.org

It's funny when a person who never has even been to a place goes out of their way to rip it down on THEIR Facebook page. It's not like she said it on her own page. She maliciously went out of her way to attack them on Their page. The customer isn't always right. I fully support what the restaurant did...

Anrkist
Anrkist

@ltrasczak It's funny because they are a bad business that doesn't deserve this city. This has nothing to do with Obama, this has all to do with bad PR. Plenty of businesses are thriving right now in our city. Especially the food industry, so if you can't make it here, there's probably something really wrong with the way you're conducting business.

mr.x
mr.x

@ltrasczak it's funny because Carlos Mencia is co-owner lol.


amanda_stoker
amanda_stoker

@amusquiz Right? Houston has some of the best mexican food around. Any place North of Texas CRAP mexican food. We also have awesome Asian food :)

5050rights.org
5050rights.org

the issue is that she maliciously did it on their business page...

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@5050rights.org She ripped them because they ripped all Houston women, and said that Houston women don't care about good food. They started it. They insulted women. Then they lost almost all of their locations, because Houston is not as stupid as Maggie Rita's thought.

ltrasczak
ltrasczak

@Anrkist @ltrasczak   Tell that to the waiters, cooks, and cashiers who are out of work in a cr@ppy economy.   I'm sure they find the whole "I need to find  a job before the landlord throws us out on the street" thing just hilarious. 

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