An owner of an upscale restaurant located in Manhattan (the Upper East Side of New York) has taken the “call girl,” and “escorting” problem into his own hands. This isn’t just any restaurant either. It’s one that celebrities often dine at and are spotted quite often.
The Italian restaurant owner decided that they were not going to let any single women hang out on the bar. So, they did what they set out to do – kicked single women off of the bar. Doing so crushed their Yelp rating too!
Clementine Crawford Shows Nello NYC Who’s #Boss
Well, to make matter worse, a woman by the name of Clementine Crawford (who had been dining there as a regular for quite some time) ended up being removed from the bar and moved to a table.
Needless to say, she was furious! In fact, Ms. Crawford was so mad about this that she ended up writing an essay titled, “The Night I was mistaken for a Call Girl!” The essay was eventually published online by Drugstore Culture.
The first thing that came to mind was, “Nello? Are you there? I guess nobody’s home upstairs!” What a dumb move and of course she’s going to be insulted!
She wanted her voice to be heard and even shared the story with a website called Page Six.
As for the woman who was removed from the bar, she’s not an escort or a call girl. In fact, she’s a very successful executive at a branding firm called Finch & Partners.
I completely understand that the owner was trying to crack down on prostitutes and them attempting to cling to any athlete with two legs and a wallet full of green. However, the old saying goes like this, “Know your customer.” The owner of this Italian establishment and the people that work there clearly do not know who their patrons are and who is dining there on a regular basis.
I commend the owner of Nello for trying to take out the trash and make room for those looking to spend money in the restaurant, not cling to the athletes like a sucker fish stuck to the side of a fish tank.
However, you need to know who your people are or you’re bound to get a bad rep for taking action the wrong way. This single incident alone proves my point.
I’d like to point out that the release of this lady’s story absolutely destroyed the Yelp rating of the restaurant. I guess they learned their lesson from what I’ve read. Either that or they just don’t care what other people think, so long as celebs and athletes keep dining there. Heck, it might even give these people some piece of mind that they can hang out in peace without getting bombarded to pay for escort services. Check, please!
For those of you interested in learning more about the restaurant, it’s located at 696 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Their hours are 11:30 am – 12:00 am 7 days a week. Bring your wallet, it’s not cheap!