Glo's Cafe

Glo's Cafe

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The famed iconic left-coast Seattle diner is making a stand — taking a firm position and making-a-splash — in regional politics, thus risking perhaps self-destruction and business-suicide outcomes via ostensibly insane adoption, development, and consummate embracing of dangerous controversial powder-keg business practices & policies while striking-off sparks in reckless cavalier fashion. | Geez Louise, “what’s-up with that?”, I ask …. in a dazed, fazed, totally-amazed, and altogether perplexed frame-of-mind. What follows are excerpts from posted/published commentary accounts of recent happenings and circumstances occurring at — and/or directly involving — good ol’ GLO’s Cafe …… commentaries arising from various origins: * This first series of excerpts comes from an article courtesy of a local dining customer — a journalist, radio personality, and overall respected citizen of high regard in good standing — covering an untoward incident experienced recently while seated at GLO’s Cafe anticipating being served his favorite meal at said establishment: “Sorry, But We Don’t Serve Your Ideology Here” In Seattle and King County, we are facing the worst homeless crisis in our region’s history. Sadly, even merely talking about solutions is too much for some in our city to bear. | Talking has become increasingly hazardous in our increasingly divided polarizing intolerant nation. As a ready case-in-point, please indulge me the telling of an exemplary tale of recent occurrence at Glo’s Cafe. I’ve made Glo’s my go to hole-in-the-wall brunch spot ever since moving to Capitol Hill in 2012. My usual Salmon Eggs Benedict, with a side of avocado and bacon, plus bottomless drip coffee, has gotten more expensive (now at $25) since I first I sat down there. | But it still is, and will always be, my favorite meal on the hill.I Last Tuesday, however, the host took it upon himself to bluntly deny me service. Why? Because, as he told me, “Your rhetoric against homeless people is dangerous for the community and you’re not welcome here.” In short, he told me I was not allowed to eat there and should take my business elsewhere. | No one else at the establishment said anything (no surprise there) — ideological discrimination is a Seattle special. Stunned and not wanting to make a scene, I walked away. My radio station reached out to restaurant owner Julie Reismann and received this confirmation: “Unfortunate situation …. I had a server who is a person who spends a lot of time helping the homeless, especially around the neighborhood, and he was personally offended by an article you wrote, so he took it upon himself to talk to you about it during your last visit to the cafe” In a quick rebuttal, he did not attempt to engage me in a conversation on homelessness, the problem, or our different solutions. | All he did was deny me service (which is illegal in Seattle, by the way). In fact, I still don’t even know what specific rhetoric to which he was referring. Maybe he was offended by my most recent piece calling out our attorney general on his lack of awareness of the homeless children in our state. Or the extremely hard hitting article “Seattle’s Best Isn’t Good Enough.” | Luckily for me I might be able to eat my favorite meal there again because I learned that Julie ostensibly does not entirely identify with her rogue employee and will serve me the best Eggs Benedict in the city, despite my differing views. I hope this is true, and that this article, in turn, will encourage her and her staff to learn more about my work and the debate we’ve engaged in on my radio show, where I have been advocating for Seattle to dramatically increase shelter capacity, creative ways to build affordable housing, and on-demand rehab. | Over the last five years my ad agency Cre8ive Empowerment and d**k’s Drive-In have partnered with Mary’s Place to create a giving movement called “No Child Sleeps Outside.” That effort galvanized the business community to dramatically increase shelter capacity for homeless families each winter since we first started the campaign in 2014. I challenge Glo’s, alongside the rest of the Seattle business community, to join with us this year to see where we can align and how we can make a difference. | Last year, over 75 companies joined together and we raised $2.4 million. It’s my hope that this year Glo’s will find a way to take part in our community movement to end family homelessness. Julie, you have my number, I’m ready to help you take part — especially over breakfast. I have a challenge for those of you who are angry that ideology has reached such a boiling point that we feel comfortable refusing service to someone with a different opinion than our own. | Take a deep breath and please take Glo’s Owner Julie Reismann at her word as I plan to do over the next week. Give her classic Seattle breakfast spot a try and then make your decision. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, order my favorite Salmon Eggs Benedict with all the fixings (avocado and bacon). Be polite and please be sure to leave a tip with a note mentioning my challenge to her about joining the community movement. Call me naive, but with a kind gesture and a deep breath we can possibly start finding the solutions to the problems overwhelming our city. | * Some others have gone on to say: | 9/5/2019 Worst service and food ever! Dirty place! Do not eat here! There are many nearby restaurants that have great service, friendly staff, and fabulous food — try those restaurants. | 9/4/2019 Been here before, food was alright albeit overpriced for what I received. What’s set me off is that they refused service to a man over political ideology. That’s beyond the pale and should not be acceptable under any circumstances. Will not be eating here ever again. | 8/22/2019 Food was good but the staff didnt seem to want to take my order. They also refused to serve the couple that came in after me. They mentioned it was because of an issue with a previous order, but the staff really should have elaborated. They pissed off the couple so much that the couple smacked napkins and cups on the floor on the way out. I still have no idea why an issue with a previous order is grounds not to serve someone. My food was pretty good though. I’ll come back to see if anything changes on my next visit. I’d love to give them a better rating, but I can’t do that yet, based on current experience. This place is also very small and parking is very limited. Good luck. | 5/30/2019 I’ve read so many raving reviews, so when I visited for vacation I had to stop by. My cousin and I came on memorial day morning and put our names down at about 10:10am. He found some street parking around the area. Waited at least 45 minutes to get seated and then waited another 45 for our food — with no one coming to check on us. Overall, the food was okay. If I am in the area again and there is no wait, I may come in again, but I definitely wouldn’t wait that long again at this place. | All foregoing commentary tends to suggest that GLO’s Cafe may indeed be a RIPOFF of high-order magnitude ….. thus alas, a paramount distinction earned for numerous important abject obvious tell-tale reasons. Inflated high prices, poor service, arrogant attitudes and attendant intolerance are all forms of major RIPOFF on, and of, their own (de)merit …. however, the wanton abuse of ripping-off cherished God-given human rights is purely “a bridge too far” …… and perhaps represents the utmost heinous crime of a RIPOFF intentionally perpetrated against innocent decent customer-patrons. Methinks that GLO’s has much explaining to do …. and even more image restoration and reputation repair work to be done …… however, I, for one, have come to firmly believe that GLO’s has brought this on all on-their-own, and therefore have no one to blame but themselves. Amen.

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