Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff and Rats
August 7, 2013
Photo from La Fisheria Facebook The furor has died down, and kids are still out by 7.
La Fisheria Bans Kids after 7 p.m. and Everyone on the Internet Has an Opinion
La Fisheria made national news after an announcement that the owner, celebrity chef Aquiles Chavez, decided to ban kids under 9 years of age after 7 p.m. out of respect for other patrons. Chavez told the Chronicle that the decision came after customers complained about children running around the restaurant while adults were trying to have a romantic or low-key evening away from children -- their own or otherwise. The decision made national news and sparked debate about whether it's okay for a restaurant to ask unruly children to leave or for a "family friendly" restaurant to ban children after a certain hour. Generally, folks seemed to be behind La Fisheria's decision.
August 16, 2013
Photo by Troy Fields Corner Table has seen quite a bit of drama this year.
Corner Table Restaurant Valet Driver Accidentally Kills Motorcyclist
So 2013 wasn't a great year for Corner Table or Bruce Molzan (aside from the fact that we gave them a pretty good review). Molzan had nothing to do with the news that in August one of his valet drivers made a right turn from a left lane, striking and killing a motorcyclist on Westheimer. We weren't able to get many more details on the incident from the police or from Corner Table, but folks on Facebook were quick to criticize the valet business in general and its overwhelming presence in parking-strapped Houston.
September 11, 2013
Photo from VoicePlaces Hey Papa Zack, hands to yourself!
Local Chef Arrested; Suspected of Attempted Sexual Assault
Zackery Ray Alolabi, the owner of the Original Napoli Italian Restaurant Chain, was accused of attempted sexual assault on July 19 by a female employee. The police report states that the woman, who had been working for Alolabi for the past two years, claimed the chef, who is affectionately known as "Papa Zack," had been trying to kiss her and had been making "unwanted advances" all day. She stated in the report that he was highly intoxicated and eventually approached her, "placing his exposed penis in her face," before attempting to lie on top of her. In addition, Alolabi didn't realize everything he was doing could be heard ... seems the accuser's ex-husband was listening in via a cellphone that had not been hung up. Whoops. Alolabi is scheduled to be arraigned on December 12.
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