Regular readers will know that we have very mixed feelings about the business review site Yelp—and user generated reviews in general. Of course, a good number of restaurant owners (and the firms that rep them) rightly see Yelp reviews as the bane of their existence.
For these and other reasons, we were amused by one San Diego restaurant’s innovative PR response to the Yelp challenge.
Some managers respond to individual critics, apologizing for bad experiences and even offering discounts, while others turn the worst reviews into business cards. San Diego “gastropub” Craft & Commerce decided to take another, even more creative route: The restaurant recorded employees reading negative reviews in comic voices and now plays these tracks over the restroom PA system. Click through for a couple of especially dramatic samples: