Now that school’s out for the summer, I have the capacity to brain again and was going to celebrate with a nice long post, but then I found something too awesome to pass up:
Atomic Grill, a barbecue restaurant in West Virginia, recently got an UrbanSpoon review that owner Daniel McCawley felt went too far: it wanted his staff to “show more skin.”
“I’m willing to accept any kind of criticism on food or service, but not the way that we have too many clothes on,” he told ThinkProgress. Worse, the review (which has since been deleted) singled out one female server in particular and “got a little obsessive, a little creepy,” he said, to the point where coworkers walked her to her car when she left. “I’m a father and a husband, I’ve got five sisters,” he said. “So this sort of thing hit home especially hard for me.”
His response wasn’t to lash out at the reviewer, however. Instead, the restaurant is offering a potato skins special, selling them for $7 through Memorial Day, asking customers to “Come out and help Atomic show our skins! Potato skins, that is!” And the profits from the special will be donated to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services. When asked about the decision to donate the money, McCawley said, “We’ve got to put our money where our mouth is.” He explained that the organization does a lot for women’s rights in West Virginia. “It seemed like a no-brainer there.”
I’m still not a huge fan of the idea that the only way men appear to be able to relate to women’s issues is by considering them as “wives, daughters, sisters” (that is, their positions relative to men rather than as fellow human beings). That being said, though, this made me super happy. Well done, Mr Restaurant Owner Dude.