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Posts Tagged ‘Noah Ellis’

Red Medicine Owner Cooks Up Another Questionable Internet Diss

Thanks to a certain Beverly Hills eatery, it may be appropriate to tweak that famous David Hannum-P.T. Barnum saying. In this case, it’s more like – “There’s an appetizer born every minute.”

We suggest this Seinfeld-ian edit after reading AP reporter John Rogerssummary of the fallout that followed the recent Twitter outreach of Red Medicine co-owner Noah Ellis. Calling out customers who fail to make good on a busy-time reservation is not quite as risky as flushing out an award-winning restaurant critic on your official website. Still, it has us trying to decide whether Ellis is a marketing genius or simply off his bamboo steamer:

One Beverly Hills restaurant owner decided enough was enough, taking to Twitter to publicly call out those who skipped out on their reservations on a recent busy Saturday.

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LA Times Food Critic Decries Vietnam Restaurant Ambush

There are two main issues at play in the Tuesday, December 21st Tumblr outing of LA Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila. The first is the strange and ultimately indefensible behavior of Red Medicine co-owner Noah Ellis (pictured), whose decision to rudely photograph customer Virbila and post the picture on the website of his Beverly Hills Vietnamese eatery is juvenile, at best.

On the other hand, the matter of Virbila’s prized critic anonymity is something of a falsehood. As the story of her photo-flash encounter made its way yesterday from LA Weekly to the pages of the LA Times and New York Times, comments left by those who work in the restaurant industry suggest that Virbila could readily be identified by most local kitchen managers.

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