There's been a lot of discussion recently about whether some of Sac Bee resturant critic Blair Anthony Robertson's reviews come off as "mean-spirited." In a longer Comstocks Magazine piece about Sloughhouse Inn, the owners discussed their reaction to the review.
In late February, the food and service at the Inn was all but slain by Sacramento Bee restaurant reviewer Blair Robertson, who condemned the restaurant’s mass- market cuisine, “disappointing” beer selection and a forgetful waitress. As newcomers to a very tough industry, the Lees took the criticism personally.
“My wife was decimated at first,” George recalls. “She couldn’t understand why anybody would say such mean things about what we’re trying to achieve here. We think we’re providing good food and service to good people.”
But in the end, it was just another learning experience for the determined couple.
“I was pretty down at first,” Leah admits. “But then we started getting calls of support. Many calls. Business the next day was very good. Everyone was just wishing us the best and saying that we had their support. It made me cry.”
If you're looking to find evidence of a mean spirited review by Robertson, though, this probably isn't the most pursuasive case. In the Comstocks Mag article, the owners admit that "As part of its business strategy, Sloughhouse Inn employs no chef. George’s philosophy is to take a team approach, so he has a crew of cooks that develops the menu..." (Emphasis added.)
So maybe that's why Robertson found "sub-par food" and "a ho-hum menu" during his visits there.
Sloughouse Inn can be found at 12700 Meiss Rd, Sloughhouse, CA and online at http://www.thesloughhouseinn.net/.
* Photo via Sloughhouse Inn's Facebook Page.
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