Yesterday, news broke that famed bartender Doug Quinn had been fired from P.J. Clarke's after trying to kick out a drunk patron that was harassing women at the bar. Today, Quinn tells Diner's Journal that the managers had wanted to get rid of him for some time, and that when he was axed, the co-owner told him that there had been complaints from customers that he was not aware of. And as for the man that he attempted to kick out, Quinn notes, “I’d never seen him before...At some point he said he’s been coming there for 30 years. But I didn’t know him." Apparently, the customer had ordered a lot of seafood, which is why the management wanted him to stay.
Since the news broke, Quinn says his phone has been ringing off the hook and a few fans have even offered to back a new project. He's taking a break for a few weeks, but Quinn notes: "I want to open a real New York saloon...Maybe the best New York saloon of them all.” Quinn started at P.J. Clarke's back in 2003.
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