munchies.vice.com – “Thanks for being one of our shittiest customers glad we’ll never deal with assholes like you again we’re doing just fine.”
After almost 27 years in business, The Dome Grill, a longtime St. Petersburg, Florida breakfast spot, has closed its doors for good. “I have a lot of compliments from the people of St. Pete,” owner Michael Karamalakos told the Tampa Bay Times. “Of course there are some negative things too, and I don’t know why, but you take the good with the bad.”
Although the 80-year-old Karamalakos might be willing to shrug off any negativity or complaints he’d heard during the past two-plus decades, his 29-year-old son Kostas is taking a decidedly different approach. The younger Karamalakos has spent the past several days scrolling through the restaurant’s one- and two-star Facebook reviews and responding with some real talk. “It felt good,” Kostas said, of dishing out a lot of online venom to former customers, including some who left their reviews more than two years ago.
For example, to a woman who complained that she had to pay for a side of honey on her pancakes, he wrote, “Aw poor you maybe we should have given you a free coffee and free juice too fuck it take your breakfast free while you’re at it lol”
To a woman who said she was glad to see the demise of this “shit stain rotten garbage dispensary”: “Yeah if you knew how to wipe there wouldn’t be any stains. We’re glad never to see your kind again either, the feeling is mutual.”
To a man who said that, after all of the restaurant’s health code violations (more on that in a sec), its closure was overdue: “Thanks for being one of our shittiest customers glad we’ll never deal with assholes like you again we’re doing just fine.”
To a man who said that his eggs and bacon were cold when he got them: “Cold as your attitude so happy we never have to deal with people like you again […] Cool story bro, now shove it where the sun don’t shine.”
To a man who complained about the “shitty owners” and “shitty atmosphere”: “Don’t forget about the very shitty customer.”
So I was ready to have the side of the business owner because I hate pretentious foodies and yelpers that get all high and mighty but uhhhhhhhhhhhhh nah bruh. This place was LITERALLY disgusting AND on top of that your comebacks were weak as fuck. You just gotta take your loss and stfu, especially if THIS is the reason your place got shut down.
Despite what the Dome Grill wrote online, it’s not all good publicity. The restaurant was closed in April after the health inspector found 34 different violations, including “live roach activity on the cook line” and “more than 140 rodent droppings at the front counter.” WTSP reports that this was the third time that the Dome Grill had been closed by the health department in the past seven months; it was shuttered in October and November, after inspectors logged 51 violations, like “more than 250 rodent droppings” and “a piece of cockroach found floating in the milk.”