POSTED FEBRUARY 28, 2012  9:30 am

Cynthia Bailey… during her “model search”

People are not happy with how Peter Thomas runs his scam business establishment, Bar One…  

         Bar One in Grant Park…

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Sharon Hudson, explaining a birthday party held at Bar One for her cousin…

…and why she will never go back to Bar One:

“…I say all this to say that individual tabs weren’t for insignificant amounts, they averaged $50-plus. Imagine my shock when Justin [waiter] came over and started handing out individual checks. I took this as an affront, specifically asking Justin if we were being asked to leave for some reason.  It was then he said that we were only allowed to stay for 2 hours and we had been there in excess of that time. I asked him if we were allowed to order more food and drink if we could stay, and he again reiterated the 2-hour time limit. It was at this point I asked to speak with a manager.

Other guests were asking questions, my cousin was asking questions, but I’ve always been the type to “handle things” so I told everyone to continue to enjoy their evening. Justin came back to us and said that the manager said that was policy and that if we wanted to stay we had to buy a bottle of liquor. 

I inquired as to the cost and was told it was $275.

I told him that I would appreciate the manager coming to talk to me personally, but whatever it took for the evening to not be further disrupted, I would accommodate. All of the guests paid their individual bills at that time, including myself. We weren’t ready for the evening to end. Again it should be noted that we were not disruptive, ill behaved, rude or displaying any other behavior that would be considered inappropriate or worthy of removal from the establishment.

The manager finally came to me (I thought it odd she was escorted by what I can only assume to be security. I asked her why we were being asked to leave and to explain the policy she wanted Justin to explain. She told me that in order to accommodate all of the guests of the establishment, even those who walked in and didn’t make reservations, the tables had a 2-hour limit unless we agreed to purchase a bottle of liquor. I asked her why that wasn’t explained to me when I called and why it wasn’t explained to my cousin when he called. The only choice I had was to purchase a bottle of liquor so that is what I did. From that point on, my evening was ruined, but I didn’t want it to be for the other people, especially the man celebrating his birthday. At this point the evening could have quickly turned to 15 disgruntled people rather than just one.

I explained to the manager before she left the table that the decision to buy a bottle wasn’t a good business decision. Mathematically speaking at the 2-hour mark, 15 people with an average bill of $50 per person would bring in $750. Left to our own devices, we would have continued to drink and eat out of our own pockets and could have doubled that average price.  For sake of this example, lets not double it, but add $25 to the average bill.  (That is roughly 2 more drinks at 10.00 a piece).   So $75.00 per person would bring in a total of $1,125.

A $50 bottle of liquor marked up 450 percent to $275 is a psychological decision, not one based on mathematical principles. I understand that some people might feel consuming a bottle in public, split amongst a party is an “elevation in status,” but in actuality, it stops people from running a bar tab where the greater profit lies. People then drink from the bottle at the table, and when it’s gone the night is done. If the people in our party were allowed to continue drinking on their own, Bar One would have made far more money from us, and kept me as a satisfied and returning customer.

Not to mention I was deeply disturbed that a gratuity was added on to the purchase of the bottle, for $49.50 bringing the combined total for one bottle of liquor to the exorbitant price of $324.50. Certainly none of this was Justin’s fault, I suppose he was just following policy. I pride myself in being a tipper – I reward good service wherever it is presented and I’ve always tipped at least the requisite 15 percent.


NOTE:  Of course, the excuse which Cynthia and/or Peter Thomas will use to counteract this person’s complaint will be that neither Cynthia nor Peter were there that evening… and had they been there, this certainly would NEVER have happened.  Yeah, good try, Peter/Cynthia…