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CONTROVERSIES — Corktown bar and grill Red Corridor took some heat last week after making an all-too-common social media misstep and responding rather ungracefully to a negative Facebook review on Tuesday. The review posted by a customer Ann Anderson criticizes the bar for menu items like the “basic bitch salad” and “awful, cheap freezer food.”
In response, owner Johnny Irwin lashed out telling Anderson to “fuck off and never come back bitch! Go somewhere that likes fucking assholes!!!” While some applauded Irwin’s reaction, others called out the bar owner for unprofessionalism in his poor handling of the review. Naturally, these differing opinions have been taken out on Red Corridor’s Facebook and Yelp pages with a mixture of one and five star reviews.
By Friday with the help of plenty of media attention, Irwin was ready to apologize (sort of). “I apologize for letting this situation get the best of me,” Irwin writes in a post to the bar’s Facebook page. “I should not of disrespected anyone like that, and for that I apologize. That being said please treat service industry people with respect, it's not easy.” [Metro Times/Facebook]
CONTROVERSIES — Government-issued green cards are apparently not considered reliable legal proof of age by Comerica Park. Legal resident Palesa Matinde was escorted from a pub at the ball park after staff rejected both her foreign ID and green card. Matinde believes the stadium’s policy is discriminatory. “You cannot treat people like this. In this political environment, people have this confidence that they treat people like they shouldn’t,” she says. [Detroit News]
THE CHAINS — Olga’s Kitchen is slated to launch its 26th location at 15109 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township on May 10. The new outpost will feature an updated look introduced last year as part of an effort by operator TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants to revitalize the struggling restaurant chain’s image. [EaterWire]
EATER TRACKING — Gabriel Hall is pushing forward with the development of its New Orleans-style creole restaurant on Kercheval in West Village. The restaurant received a $65,000 Motor City Match grant in April. Other restaurant winners in the seventh round of MCM include Soul 2 Go (a takeout restaurant at 9900 Whittier) and Boulevard Kitchen at (2641 W. Grand Blvd). [EaterWire]