A short, almost DD-esque, post this morning regarding some further misconceptions of the happenings and verbiage of Wini Gate. This call for a list!
Continued Clearing Of Confusion Caused By Wini-Gate
- Joe Logsdon did not infer that women can only be adults if they have children, but a whopping TWO of you readers (that’s about 20% of this blog’s readers) insist that was his message. I already explained this. Go back and read carefully.
- No, you don’t have to ask a restaurant if it is ok to eat there within ANY minutes of their closing time, but if you are calling to inquire about the closing time and it happens to almost be said closing time, asking is a courteous move letting the restaurant know that they should be expecting you and to halt the “tear down” process if it has in fact been initiated.
- Pat Mearson is still unhappy with my writing but continues to read.
- Wini-Gate should have been hyphenated.
- There was no “free meal in exchange for not being reviewed” deal made or attempted to be made between Mr. Logsdon and Wini. In fact, Joe just simply doesn’t want to be reviewed by the Datebook Diner at all.
- To DesMoinesDem: From the stories I have heard regarding the already abused powers delegated to the DD, I don’t blame La Mie for wanting to be excluded from the reviews. I guess you missed the story about the exit of Deb Wagman from the DD column mix. That story alone tells the state of the datebook reviews. I do know for a fact that Wini does stick to the “no freebies” ethos 100%, and it seems that you are saying Wini could be shaken from that tree by the offer of freebies in exchange for services or lack of services.
I still think it’s a bad idea for a restaurant reviewer to agree to be seated in exchange for not writing a review. If she goes down that road, what’s to stop a different owner on a different night from saying, look, we’re short-staffed in the kitchen, or we’re out of our best dish, could you please not write a review based on tonight’s meal? Then word gets around that the DMR reviewer cuts some restaurants a break when she feels generous.
Absolutely ludicrous, and you think that after thirteen years on the beat Wini would, as you have outlined, act like a first year intern? C’mon, really? Surely Wini has pulled some silliness in those years, but again I would like to assure you that she wouldn’t trade her service for freebies, as you seem to be stating.
In fact, I have talked with many owners and chefs and managers over the years, and they are 99% scared of restaurant reviewers, including the Datebook Diner. Most of them feel that all it takes is one little mistake and you are doomed for a bad review and a decrease in traffic. This isn’t speculation, this is really how most of my compadres feel. This is also why many behind the scenes people cheered Joe for his actions, because they know that he can speak his mind without hurting his established business, in fact in the days directly following the Datebook Blog posting of said incident it was reported that La Mie was much busier than normal during lunch.
You picking up what I am putting down here? The people who are in charge of the restaurants that you love feel a little “over the barrel” when it comes to restaurant reviews. Joe Logsdon said “f-that” and spoke his mind. He wasn’t trying to strike a deal, or push the women’s rights movement back to the 50’s, he was simply frustrated. Those of you on the customer side who don’t understand this, that’s fine, but we don’t come to your job and slap the summer sausage out of your mouth.
Whatever that means.
Ok, I am done with this again. I have other things to cook, write, and write about cooking about. wha?
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