Georges Kitchen and Loft: Publicity Stunt, Defamatory Remarks, or Customer Conflict?

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"He took us to the downstairs bar. It was just another bar. He said this was the bar table, and I said what about all the other tables that were available? He said, 'That's all I have,' and he walked away.

"At that point, I talked with my date and we decided to not eat at the bar. We started leaving and I saw Georges at the door and I told him I felt very discontented and badly treated by service staff and him and that I was going to have to give an honest rendition on my blog.

"I hate to say this, because it sounds so alarmist, but he got so upset that his restaurant would be seen as how it really is. He looked at me and said, 'If you do this, I'm going to destroy you.' The fact is that he reacted in a violent way and in a bigoted way. It became a power trip for him, and he tried to physically and verbally intimidate me. I told him at that point that I'm going to write about that too. That's when he head-butted me almost into traffic."

At that point, Barea called police. Two officers arrived and questioned all parties. No arrests were made, but a police report was filed. Barea told Short Order that when the altercation happened, there were no witnesses.

"The host and people were on the inside of the restaurant. I tried to have a discussion in a nice way; then [Farge] sent his people in before he escalated it. The restaurant has a camera. We're trying to get the footage."

Barea said he started the website because he has a digital media background, so it made sense.

"The whole goal is not to sue someone. I'm just trying to report an incident. It's almost like a violation of my First Amendment rights.

"I'm just trying to let my community know that he treats a couple like this. He treats people who pay money to eat at his restaurant like this. I'm a peaceful person. I try to avoid conflict. But this gentleman... he's using gay bashing in our diverse community and he's being physical. The fact that he doesn't respect the First Amendment, the fact that he uses physical violence. Today it's me. Tomorrow it could be you. Maybe it would turn out worse."

Asked if Farge or any of his representatives has contacted him since the incident, Barea replied, "Nope."

Short Order also contacted Georges Kitchen's PR firm, which forwarded us to Farge's attorney, Rolando Diaz. Diaz said the website is "nothing but a publicity stunt" by a blogger. Diaz told Short Order that Farge has been in business 30 years and that in that time nothing like this has happened.

Diaz described a different set of events last Saturday evening. He said that, according to Farge, Barea was talking loudly in front of a roomful of patrons.

"Farge asked him to quiet down, the police showed up. There was no corroboration of what happened. The police reviewed everything. They found no injuries. They asked him if he was hurt and he said no. Then two days later he goes to the doctor?

"Here's what I can tell you. Does any of this make any sense? According to this man, the restaurant is completely empty and Georges doesn't want to seat him. He makes someone wait 45 minutes. He [says he] was attacked, and he has no single piece of evidence that he was attacked. It is a categorical lie. Simple logic. It is the epitome of what is wrong with society. You may think he's allowed to do this, but the Internet is not a place where you can cyber-bully people."

Asked if he would try to shut down the website or press charges, Diaz declined to comment, but he did say he would not "entertain this man much longer."

"It's all defamatory. It's fraud. This is not a game."

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George's Kitchen Midtown - CLOSED

3404 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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12 comments
tunabones
tunabones

Ricardo Dimarco Barea seems like he got what he was asking for. The place has only 1 review on yelp (3 stars), for where located the prices are in fact reasonable. What exactly was he expecting? I have never been there, I don’t know George, and I don’t know if Barea is lying but I do know that he provoked George by threatening him and his livelihood. After he "expressed his displeasure" he should have left and gone and written a review without threatening that to George. As it stands, his defamation of Georges Kitchen in this manner is wrong. Perhaps they both handled it poorly but I'd say it seems like DJ Dimarco is a whiney attention whore. I took the time to read his georgeskitchenattackedme.com site and it is a complain-a-thon. He offers a receipt of a police report but George was not arrested? He says that there is inside and outside video of the entire altercation but George is "not releasing" it. If there was video the police either would have taken it that night or watched it that night. Or they did watch it and there was nothing convincing there, hence no arrest.

tunabones
tunabones

As for the use of the word "faggot", I am a supporter of LGBT rights and same sex marriage and although the term has the unfortunate history of bullies and bigotry toward homosexuals a was a poor choice of words perhaps in this case it was used to describe someone that constantly bemoans their situation or a person of weak character. If Barea was "attacked" unprovoked, that is one thing, but by his own admission he in fact threatened George and his business at his place of business. Don’t kick a hornets’ nest and complain about being stung. That provocation, the whiney website and the fact that the police apparently didn’t pursue it and the tasteless attack campaign against George’s makes it seem as though Barea might need better verbal impulse control or stronger meds. His actions here Jeopardize jobs of people that work there. If he feels he has a real case take it to court, don't air your dirty laundry and get stink on everyone. And lastly, someone tell him that he might want to spell-check some of the mudslinging on his website and get his stories straight. But to see the video would likely settle all this and I'm sure there is video.

tunabones
tunabones

In this article Barea said that he was walking out with out eating "At that point, I talked with my date and we decided to not eat at the bar. We started leaving and I saw Georges at the door and I told him I felt very discontented and badly treated by service staff and him and that I was going to have to give an honest rendition on my blog". However on his website georgeskitchenattackedme.com he states "After expressing to him that I felt discontent with the snobby service & mediocre food and it would be reviewed on my blog". Did he eat or didnt he? I mean if the food is mediocre you ate right? but where did you sit? You said you didn't want to sit at the bar and you were leaving.

johnyl214
johnyl214

This man is creating a completely false story and looking for publicity. Im an employee at the restaurant and yes there was a scene and yes the police were called. No evidence of any injuries were found and no arrests were made. This is defamation and I think this man is kind of a joke. He showed up 2 days ago with a news team and everything asking us and the chef for a comment. We denied any participation in these charades and hope that people can look through these stories. Comparing George to Nixon? Maybe a little extreme, and I get it...if it were true. Journalism like this is misleading and disservices the community

Peter Smith
Peter Smith

This blogger sounds like a douchebag. If he was really headbutted (which I doubt), he probably deserved it.

SentientZombie
SentientZombie

"Farge has been in business 30 years and that in that time nothing like this has happened before." That statement is complete bullshit! Years back, I lived in Coconut Grove. We had just been hit by a hurricane, either Katrina, Rita or Wilma (can't remember which). Residents were stumbling out of their home, which were without power, desperate for some sustenance. My girl and I went to Le Bouchon, where we each ordered a monstrous breakfast that offered the works - a pricey breakfast at that. When the server brought our food, we were each given a glass of water (with dirt that had settled at the bottom of the glass) and a pancake. The server informed us that they had run out of everything else, which we totally understood, given the circumstances. When the server later brought us the check, to my complete dismay, they were charging us as if we had received our full breakfast with the works. When I disputed the bill, the server quickly called George over. When I told George that I wasn't going to be paying the bill as received and expected only to be charged for what we did receive and consume, he accused me of being "cheap" and "just wanting to eat for free" in front of a room full of patrons. I told him he was price-gouging and taking advantage of people in the middle of a bad situation. He exploded. He called me a "cheap faggot" and insulted my "gay hat". He then said "fine, get the hell out here, you broke faggot!" All the while, he was shoving me out onto the street. I have sworn ever since to never go to any restaurant owned by this animal. I find it all to easy to believe Ricardo Barea's account of what happened. George-Eric Farge is a violent bigot. I find it almost impossible to believe that there haven't been more incidents such as these over the years involving him, given his temper and how he is willing to treat a paying customer when questioned. 

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Georges is only the most pleasant, warm and affable restauranteur in this market. Can't wait to try out his new place.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Something doesn't seem right with the story as its recounted here. And who is this blogger? Never heard of him or the site

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

Sounds like this "blogger" got his ego hurt when he wasnt seated at the opening of a new restaurant without a reservation. The restaurant owner should sue this guy for defamation.

paulperry60
paulperry60

@Erins_Voice @voiceplaces Both of these stories sound like "sour grapes'" to me.Someone who just spent oodles of cash for this beautiful restaurant to do something so absurd just doesn,t sound right.

SentientZombie
SentientZombie

@paulperry60 @Erins_Voice @voiceplaces I agree that the idea of a restauranteur behaving in such a way defies belief. I assure you though, that the encounter with George that I describe in my comment below did, in fact, happen. Upon reading this article, I registered an account just so I could share my particular experience with this man. I've been reading the New Times for years, and never have I read an article that inspired a necessity to comment. Sour grapes, you say? Well, yeah. Every time the incident at Le Bouchon comes to mind I feel my pulse race. The way George spoke to me and treated me infuriates me to this day, let alone his inclination to take advantage of people during a bad situation. I've shared my experience with a great many people over the years, and I will continue to do so. You can give this man your patronage if you wish, but he will never see another penny from me or my friends and family. 

I would like to point out that Le Bouchon is no longer owned or run by Mr. Farge, so please do not hold this account against the current management. 

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