This Week in Food News: Costly Acts of Clumsiness
This week, the food world witnessed how a single act of clumsiness could come at a great cost. Read below for the scoop:
Recently, a businessman accidentally destroyed a $77,615 bottle of 224-year-old cognac at London’s Playboy Club. The businessman, a club regular, was inspecting the 1788 bottle of Clos de Griffier Vieux after ordering two glasses of the historic brandy. As he stood up, he lost his grip and accidentally sent the bottle flying across the room, where it shattered upon impact with the floor. The bottle was slated to be featured in Guinness World Records’ most expensive cocktail by mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Sadly, the cognac wasn’t insured because it had previously been opened. All seems to have been forgiven, however, with Calabrese joking that the spill made “the floor of [his] bar the most expensive bar floor in the world.”
The London shop owner of The Stall has been ordered to pay $175,739 after a customer slipped on “mushed” grapes and broke her wrists. The lawsuit, which has come to be known as the “Grapes of Wrath,” lasted for seven years. The Stall’s shopkeeper, Onkar Singh Gill, previously appealed saying that he “[swept] the area up to five times a day,” and that the customer’s fall was a “freak accident,” but the judge rejected his bid. What are your thoughts on this lawsuit?
In other news, a Washington D.C. waffle joint has set forth a claim that Groupon put their restaurant out of business. Back Alley Waffles was only open for three months before shutting their doors “due to the bloodthirsty business practices” of Groupon. According to Back Alley, Groupon delayed the check processing for the restaurant’s share of the profits made from the discounted waffles. In their contract, Groupon agreed to send Back Alley Waffles their share of the profits in three installments. “The business [had] to wait for most of the remainder of its money until two months after laying out the cost of the food and labor” Back Alley stated. Groupon has since refuted all claims that they were responsible for the restaurant closure in a recent statement:
“According to our records, only 132 Groupons, or 18% sold, have been redeemed since Back Alley ran two months ago,” said Groupon spokesperson Julie Mossler in a statement emailed to FoxNews.com. “And Mr. Nelson has received 2/3 of his share of the revenue to date. We always hate to hear that a local business has decided to close, but the math does not point to Groupon as the cause.”
Menuism readers, do you think Groupon is to blame for this restaurant closure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Have a great weekend!