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- The theatrics at Ba Bar are keeping Seattle’s foodie press fully sated. This weekend, Eric Banh’s 12th Ave restaurant displayed a peculiar message — for only a few minutes — on its Facebook feed apologizing to customers for an incident reported blow by blow by Seattle Weekly:
Ba Bar’s Eric Banh’s bar manager troubles picked up again this Saturday night when bar manager Evan Martin publicly confronted the owner in the restaurant’s dining room, claiming he’d had too much to drink. Banh, who strenuously denies Martin’s charges, then fired Martin for failing to demonstrate the proper work ethic.
Ba Bar quickly pulled the post Sunday evening after CHS asked the restaurant about the message. Banh said that somebody with the restaurant’s credentials had logged in and posted the note.
We asked Martin about the rogue Facebook update but haven’t yet heard back. The ousted bar manager did offer up his take on the Ba Bar bar drama:
Bottom line, countless employees have worked and left ba bar. 3 chefs are gone and 2 bar managers are gone. He likes to run the place like a sweat shop, that’s why everyone’s stay there is pretty short. He is a very cold person when you get to meet him, but he’s great at first. He is a very hard person to respect. It wasn’t any fun showing up to work everyday and knowing something stupid happened while you were gone, they owe you $10,000 and your paychecks are being messed with. Any claims he makes don’t make me sorry for him. Running a restaurant is extremely difficult, not providing any help to your staff and always being in the way isn’t a way to help the situation. I was there to help make Ba Bar a great place, I did some things well. But I’ve always felt I’ve only been able to do 70% of what I’m capable of. I got tired of him making a mockery of my skills and know-how. He has a few loyal employees somehow, but any strangely ran restaurant is like that, I mean different strokes, different folks.
Banh confirmed Martin’s dismissal and tells CHS that he wasn’t satisfied with his bar manager’s work ethic — especially on busy Friday and Saturday nights. “As a bar manager, it is your duty to ensure the bar is well serviced on these nights,” Banh said.
Banh said he thinks of his role at his restaurants as coach and said dismissing Martin was the best move for the team. Martin joined Ba Bar this summer after the bar manager the restaurant debuted under was let go after it was revealed he had padded his resume. Seattle Weekly also reports that Ba Bar’s chef will resign but says that matter is related to Kevin Burzell’s decision to start a street food venture.
Banh’s Ba Bar and Monsoon are CHS advertisers.
- Congratulations to Altura for the big nomination in this year’s batch of James Beard Awards action. Seattle Times looks at the city’s surprises here. Altura is nominated for “best new restaurant” and is up against 19 restaurants from across the country. You can view the nominations here (PDF).
- Free pancakes tomorrow at E Madison’s IHOP, one of the few chain restaurant survivors in the neighborhood.
- Visit Volunteer Park Cafe on Friday to pick up a sack lunch in a benefit for programs to improve nutrition in schools:
- What’s Molly Moon planning for her new space adjacent the current E Pine location? Not a candy store:
Plans are still very much in the air, but Neitzel does intend to assume the space in its entirety. She envisions patrons being able to watch workers as they prep batches of Balsamic Strawberry or waffle cones. Neitzel said she believes strongly in transparency of ingredients, so it “feels only fitting we should show more of that. To make what we do in our kitchen more visible.”
- We celebrated 10 years of Top Pot on Capitol Hill a few weeks back but tipster Jeff delivers the really good — though unconfirmed — news:
I talked with a counter person at Top Pot yesterday and he said that they plan to start baking donuts at the Capitol Hill location again as they did when they opened originally rather than baking them at the location on fifth then delivering them the night before they open the next morning. He said it would be happening very soon.
- No big updates following our report last week on Thomas Street Bistro running into troubles with daily-deal slinger Groupon but we did hear from Thomas Street owner Adam Freeman (a few times) in comments:
People only hate on you when you are doing something well. Personally for me, haters add petrol to my hustle and make me succeed even quicker in what I do.Do not be upset when someone tries to put you down, be content knowing they do this becasue they already know you are above them. Take the satisfaction they already know they can NEVER be where you are or do what you do.So… for everyone who has been hated on make sure to keep your head up and succeed in flying colors, do not allow ANYONE to spoil your day or your dreams. Keep doing what you do!Intelligence follows knowledge and ignorance follows ignorant, so love your haters foolishness and cretinous faults as I do, it makes your success just that bit sweeter when you reach your goals.
- Seattle Met offers up a clue or two about what Ethan Stowell might be up to in his part of the 15th Ave E Wandering Goose project.
- The Stranger ventures off the Hill to check out 9th and Stewart’s La Lot.
- Knee-High Stocking Company now less-difficult to find.
- Celebrate March 1st with a Capitol Hill-sourced cocktail. That’s the day Oola — and perhaps a few other Seattle-based local distilleries — will begin self-distributing their product in the new post-1183 world.
- Love for the Stumbling Monk in this list of America’s 100 best beer bars.
- The new underground club beneath Neumos has a name. The Barboza debuts in April.
- Get Jesse visits E Pike’s Caffe Vita to try out caffeine testing strips.
- The 23rd and Madison retail strip has a new Subway.
- Demolition is underway at the future Q Capitol Hill.
- 23rd and Union’s The Neighbor Lady is starting to come together.
- Because we can’t have a food+drink post with this many bullets and not one picture of food and/or drink. Thanks Zeebleoop.
Classic 8 oz. by Zeebleoop via Flickr
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