Georges Kitchen and Loft: Publicity Stunt, Defamatory Remarks, or Customer Conflict?
|Georges Kitchen was the scene of a weekend altercation.|
The existence of the site was first described on Miami.com and then picked up by Eater Miami. Barea, who claims the incident began last Saturday evening, January 19, described it to Short Order.
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He says he and a date went to Georges Kitchen for dinner when Farge attacked him verbally and pushed him. Barea says he called police, who wrote up a report, though no arrests were made. Barea then built the website, chronicling the event and the aftermath. Most recently, he has demanded Farge release footage of the incident that might have been recorded on the restaurant's security cameras.
Is this a story of a restaurateur who took an argument too far with a patron? Or is it an attempt to gain publicity and/or money in a society that gives merit to frivolous lawsuits?
Short Order contacted Barea through his DJ Dimarco website and spoke with him about what started the incident and what led Barea to build the website.
Barea said he and a date went to Georges to review it for his food blog, ForkU.
"Every time there's a new restaurant, I try to cover it. I like to write, so my friends and family can experience what I experienced. I'm not trying to make it a revenue-creating blog. It's just interesting to me," he said.
Barea arrived about 7 p.m. without reservations. "It was completely empty, but they said all the tables were reserved. Georges, the owner/manager, took us upstairs and told us to have a drink and he would work something out. They wanted to take us to the bar, basically."
Barea and his date had a drink and an appetizer, and after about 45 minutes, Farge came up and said a table was ready.