Botto Bistro, an Italian restaurant in the San Francisco area, claims that Yelp is basically the equivalent of the online mafia. Co-owner Davide Cerretini claims that after he stopped advertising on Yelp their reviews turned negative and a positive review even vanished.
Fed up with Yelp, Cerretini decided to do the unthinkable and aspire to be the worst reviewed restaurant on the site; going so far as to offer 25% off to customers who left a one-star review. Suffice it to say that Yelp is not pleased and has resulted in the online site to send a threatening email. However that has not stopped them. Check out their website it is hilarious, bottobistro.com.
Cerretini said to the SF Gate “I don’t have anything against Yelp. The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious,” says Cerretini. “I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not. At least I can be there on my terms. The only power they have is they make you reliable to them. So, I’m going to be one of the most unreliable restaurants.”
“I want to be the worst restaurant there is in the Bay Area,” he says. “I think this is the best business move I have made in years.”
Some of these Yelp reviews are pretty entertaining.
Thanks for the tip Todd. You can read more here.
California-based DoorDash has set up operations in Boston and is giving food delivery services like DiningIn a run for their money. DoorDash says they can offer faster delivery times thanks to their intelligent network of “dashers” and they can provide their customers with real-time updates so they know exactly where their food is. I decided to give DoorDash a try, because Sergio and I tend to order out quite a bit when the weather turns cold.
Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm (Mon – Fri) and 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (wkds)
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (daily)
My first impressions were positive. DoorDash has a lot of restaurants already part of their network, and the website is easy navigate as is the ordering. My order was delayed a bit due to the restaurant but otherwise the experience was very satisfactory. If you order out a lot, you may want to try the service.
DoorDash has created a promo code called BosGuyDD. Based on my experience I’d suggest you give the service a try and let me know what you think. Anyone using BosGuyDD will get $7 off their first order. All you need to do is go to doordash.com/redeem and type in BosGuyDD to redeem the $7 promo code. The one-time promo code will expire Wednesday, October 1st.
Earlier this week I wrote a quick post about a whisper campaign regarding who was moving into Hamersley’s restaurant after it closes next month. Those whispers were apparently credible. Today, Eater Boston published Rebecca Roth Gullo of The Gallows will open a new restaurant there in early January 2015.
According to the Eater article, Hamersley’s is seeking to transfer its license to an RRG, LLC with Seth Yaffe listed as the manager. RRG (most likley is Rebecca Roth Gullo) and Seth Yaffe is The Gallows’ GM. I’m very happy for Rebecca and her team. She has a great track record of opening successful businesses here in the South End.
Boston StrEATS rolled into the South End’s Franklin Square last Thursday as part of a weekly evening food truck program that is designed to bring people out to Boston parks.
Boston StrEATS each Thursday 5-9 p.m. at Franklin Sq.
The free event will feature eight food trucks and live music from 5 – 9 p.m. and will hopefully bring more people over to Franklin Square; often overlooked by South End residents in favor of the neighboring Blackstone Square on Washington Street.
Boston StrEATS plans to bring different food trucks each Thursday through the fall for as long as the weather permits.
Cheers to earls kitchen + bar
Cheers to earls kitchen + bar, an upscale, casual restaurant with sixty-five locations in the US and Canada. The will open their first location in the Northeast in Somerville’s Assembly Row on Friday, September 12th.
Today I received this lovely box of goodies from earls (sometimes being a bloggah has perks). The margarita that was included I put to good use at the end of my day. I’m not familiar with earls but based on their welcome box I’m already a fan and look forward to their opening next month.
Food trucks in Boston are certainly popular, but remembering their schedules can be tough. The city of Boston has set up a website that tells you where every registered food truck is each day of the week, and it allows you to search by food truck, neighborhood and or date.
Boston Food Truck Schedule
Much thanks to @ConciergeBoston for the tip.
Gordon Hamersley at Taste of the South End
Holy crap! Gordon Hamersley, a James Beard Award winner and one of Boston’s most celebrated chefs, has announced that he will close his restaurant after opening twenty-seven years ago in Boston’s South End.
Gordon told The Boston Globe’s Devra First that he wants to spend more time to focus on his follow-up book to Bistro Cooking at Home and to continue to mentor young chefs. An undisclosed new owner has already claimed the space and license, and will renovate and re-open a new concept at the beginning of 2015. Full story here.