Following a post by Business Insider's editor-in-chief Henry Blodget about the "extortion-by-guilt" associated with Balthazar's bathroom attendants, Keith McNally has decided to do away with this practice at his famed Soho brasserie. In the post, which was published on Friday afternoon, Blodget argues that interacting with the attendant is "never anything other than uncomfortable and degrading." First We Feast's Foster Kamer reached out for a response from McNally over the weekend. Here's the word from Keith:
Unfortunately, I completely agree with it and will, in the next few weeks, relieve the restaurant's bathroom attendants of their duties. They're extremely loyal employees who, perhaps surprisingly, love their jobs. But Henry Blodget...has a good point and I happen to agree with it. Although I'm looking forward to standing at Balthazar's urinal without another man staring at me I'll very much miss my bathroom attendants. They've been absolutely wonderful people to work with.As you may recall, McNally did away with the bathroom attendants in the dark days following the economic crash, but he brought them back a few months later. Hopefully, Keith will find another position for them within his restaurant empire.
· The Balthazar Bathroom Attendant Era Is Over [FWF]
· Let's Discuss The Awful Restaurant Practice of Bathroom Attendants [BI]
· All Coverage of Balthazar [~ENY~]
[Balthazar by Krieger]