Some local blogs have criticized my coverage of the closing of Jardines Kansas City. I will make no apologies about standing on the side of the servers and against this owner. I try not to take sides in situations like that. I do not speak out against owners of restaurants. You will not find me critical of another local owner on this blog. I have been asked to intervene in the past and refused. This particular case was so egregious that I felt it necessary to provide a forum for the affected servers’ stories to be told.
If there were any doubts that this owner was fully in the wrong, I think they have all been resolved. It is no longer just the employees of the restaurant who are seeking to receive the tips that patrons left for them. Tips that the patrons would have been outraged to know were not being relinquished to the employees. Tonight, I have just received word that the situation was far worse. Last month, tour Jazz artist and major draw Dave Stephens played at Jardines. A substantial cover charge was taken at the door and collected by the club. Mr Stephens was cut a check by the owner, but it turns out she has stopped payment on the check according to this post on Mr Stephen’s facebook page:
There are two sides to this story. One side has an owner claiming that her entire staff was stealing from her and therefore she fired them all. She refuses to go on the record to say this, but has instead leaked it to local media sources. The other side is being quite reserved in their public accusations and simply asking for the tips that are owed them. I think this recent development should weigh heavily on which side you believe.
If you missed my original post on this topic, please read The Jardines Story