Ever since Eater reported on the front of the house walkout at The Black Sheep on Saturday, we’ve been waiting patiently to see what was next. Would chef and owner James Toland be able to turn about the restaurant like he did when the kitchen staff left? It turns out that, yes, The Black Sheep will live to see another day, as Metromix confirms that the restaurant will reopen tonight. But that was not before Toland engaged in a testy Twitter conversation with Eater’s editor over the facts of the walkout.
Toland actually confirmed that the restaurant was out of alcohol and that staff did walk out. But he — and we are assuming that Toland is writing the restaurant’s Twitter feed at this point — denies that all of the front of the house walked out. Instead, he claims that only “2 waiters walked out,” while the “managers and bar tenders stuck around.” He then went on to accuse Eater of kicking “hard working people when they are struggling,” and, finally, that the site has “it out for me.” Obviously, Eater denies the claim, and to be fair, never explicitly stated that all of the staff left.
Update: Since this was published, the restaurant decided to permanently close.