Restaurateurs to Caribbean-Restaurant Haters: Stop Being Jerks

Cleaner than Red Rooster?
Cleaner than Red Rooster? Photo: Jason lam via Flickr

Recently, a group of elected officials and Caribbean restaurateurs held a rally to let the world know not only that their restaurants are well-maintained, clean, and delicious, but, more to the point, that they were stereotyped in a quote in the NYDN article about the C-grade inspection of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. The article quoted an investment banker (really, who else would it have been) as saying “The Martha Stewarts, Bill Clintons and Tyra Banks of the world eat here,” before he asked, incredulously, “If this is a C, then how do dirty jerk chicken joints in Flatbush get A’s?” During the rally, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jamaican-born Assemblyman N. Nick Perry said, “I invite everyone to come to the 58th Assembly District and sample the finest jerk chicken this side of Kingston, Jamaica; I promise you will be pleased with the taste and the cleanliness of our restaurants.” Who’s up for a visit to Flatbush this weekend? [Brooklyn Daily Eagle; Earlier]