The Corner Bistros owner, William ODonnell, tells us that he has suspended a waiter accused of verbally and physically assaulting a gay couple, and may fire him pending a polling of Friday-night regulars. However, he stresses, when the dust settles well see these claims are simply untrue. ODonnell says the Bistro does not tolerate or accept this matter lightly, but there are two sides to this story. For one, the waiter in question says he didnt use a homophobic slur against Nick Haramis and his boyfriend, as the alleged victim claims. ODonnell is still looking into that, but says Haramis is totally whitewashing his part in this by failing to mention certain details. This was instigated by the fact that they were unruly and very vituperative in a nasty way toward the server, and it escalated.
According to accounts, Haramiss party of five skipped a line of people who had been waiting for twenty minutes, didnt order food once seated, and then became belligerent when they werent served. The waiter claims to have been struck first, and when the party returned, its said that someone threw a beer mug at the bartender. ODonnell says he wont go into further details until theyre fully investigated. The Bistro celebrates its 42nd anniversary next week, and ODonnell says, quite earnestly, that in all these years weve never had an incident of this nature or faced allegations such as these. Since we opened our doors, the Corner Bistro has welcomed and will continue to welcome everyone.