Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff and Rats
April 4, 2013
Screenshot courtesy of Amanda Newman
Restaurants Behaving Badly: Maggie Rita's Calls Houston Woman "Fat" on Facebook
We've seen things like this before. Someone in the restaurant biz forgets it's a service industry and, for better or for worse, gives a customer a piece of his or her mind. I mean, we certainly can't expect chefs, waiters and restaurateurs to be docile drones all the time, but they probably shouldn't say stuff like this either. When Amanda Newman wrote on restaurant Maggie Rita's Facebook wall that she was happy they closed, someone behind the Maggie Rita's computer came back with some choice words about Newman's weight. Our commenters got in on the conversation too, proving that old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
April 14, 2013
Photo from Scott Wilson Note to Roots: Domestic violence is never funny.
Roots Bistro Makes Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Marquee to Sell Beer
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in four women (24.3 percent) and one in seven men (13.8 percent) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Hilarious, at least according to the now-closed Roots Bistro. In April, the vegetarian-friendly supporter of local farmers changed the marquee outside the restaurant to read "Beer should be like violence: domestic." Immediately, customers and passersby called out Roots on the incredibly offensive sign, which was promptly taken down and replaced with "Sorry a million times over, Houston." But not before it had already been seen on Salon, Jezebel, The Daily Mail and MSN. Roots Bistro closed in June.
April 16, 2013
Photo from the depths of the Internet. I repeat, this is NOT from Timmy Chan's.
PSA: This Rat Fetus Was Not Found in Timmy Chan's Fried Rice
In sort of the opposite of a scandal, we discovered that the nasty photo of a rat fetus that had been circulating on the Internet and being credited to restaurants across the country was...(drumroll, please)...not from Houston either. Houston Hip Hop News reported on its Facebook page that the rat fetus was found in some fried rice at Timmy Chan's. The world may never know where the rat fetus originated, but Timmy Chan's is making sure those who accused them of making the gross grub pay. The restaurant filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Go Daddy and Houston Hip Hop News in late April.
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