If we learned anything this weekend, it is to never ever disrespect Alden & Harlow’s chef-owner Michael Scelfo or his staff. And if you do, be prepared for some much-deserved public shaming.
The photo’s caption stated:
“shout out to these two winners for seating themselves with no reservations, insulting and berating our staff, refusing to leave and all the while yelping away in front of us as a means of threat. #kbye#wedontnegotiatewithyelpers”
And sorry – but he’s not sorry.
“It’s one thing to be entitled,” the chef commented, “but mistreat my family. Hell no.”
The chef later explained his actions in this Instagram comment, below:
Since posting the controversial photo to Instagram, Chef Scelfo has received over 200 comments from diners, restaurant industry folks and journalists like Josh Childs, Patrick Maguire and Luke O’Neil. While some did not agree with the chef’s methods, most commenters did seem to support the chef’s decision.
Whatever your opinion on the incident, it serves as a reminder that our dining experiences shouldn’t be all about pithy Yelp reviews.
In my opinion, Boston’s fantastic dining scene is the result of passionate and talented individuals who work to perfect every detail of the experiences that we, as diners, often take for granted. And though Yelp and related review sites have given quite a bit of influence to the voice of the consumer – we can only hope that the majority of Boston diners use that power responsibly and not as a form of Yelp blackmail.
Editor’s Note: BostInno has attempted to track down the two diners in the above Instagram for comment. In addition, after this post was published, we made the decision to alter the photo so their faces would be unrecognizable. Alden & Harlow’s chef Michael Scelfo declined to comment further.