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In Topic: joe beef

22 May 2019 - 12:38 AM

i do think it's good that they are committed now to changing the culture of their restaurant. i only wish they could more fully and openly own what it was before and what their own part in it had been. without that step it risks turning into another form of self-aggrandizement.

In Topic: joe beef

22 May 2019 - 12:17 AM

anyway, i think my position right now is that there are far more excellent and interesting restaurants for me to eat at in montreal than i have meals available. and so if i can't become comfortable in my mind about eating at joe beef i will happily eat elsewhere. my friends who live there (and are supposed to be going again with me) are suggesting we should instead go to manitoba (the restaurant not the province) for excellent quebecois food.

In Topic: joe beef

22 May 2019 - 12:00 AM

the very fact that these are old reports make me wish that mcmillan had included them in his bon appetit story about his alcoholism. frankly, the discrepancy between the two (his essay and goldfield's) is a large part of what makes me feel iffy about this. it feels like he left out the stuff that would have made that redemption narrative more complicated but including which might have been a more honest way to start making amends in public.


like wilfrid, i also have reservations about the new yorker article which can't seem to find a coherent position on the issues.

In Topic: joe beef

21 May 2019 - 10:26 PM

i dunno. the guy who mcmillan acknowledges groped a server is a co-owner of one of their restaurants. mcmillan does not acknowledge or apologize for other things he's accused of except via a blanket "we now have zero tolerance for homophobia misogyny" statement. he unconvincingly denies ever having a slapped a female staffer's butt (even though she recounts the incident without rancour). and the stuff that comes out in this piece but was never mentioned in his bon appetit essay about his alcoholism makes it seem like that earlier essay was an attempt to get ahead of the story. as though everything else would be covered by his alcoholism and the redemption story he writes around it.


i would like to see more acknowledgment, accounting and ownership of the things that went down in the restaurant until not very long ago and fuller attempts to make amends before i am willing to not just give him a pass but also my money. you have to wonder how much more there is that may now emerge. there certainly does not seem to have been any circling of wagons around them in the industry in montreal around this--just a lot of silence.

In Topic: joe beef

21 May 2019 - 03:26 PM

right now it is not looking very likely at all that i will keep my joe beef reservation in june...