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San Francisco Restaurant Lashes Out at Yelp

Posted: Dec. 5th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Jakes on Market

Although most cases of a restaurant owner lashing out at reviewers are totally unwarranted, with numerous 1-star reviews hitting his San Francisco restaurant's Yelp posting for the offense of being located in the building of a beloved but now closed predecessor or attacking the color of employee's shirts, the owner may well have had a point.

Jake’s on Market, a restaurant that served American-style grub in San Francisco for less than a year, closed over the weekend – but not before lashing out at unimpressed reviewers on Yelp.

In a farewell note posted on its front door and on its website, Jake’s owners Tim Travelstead and Brad Becker wrote that “reading reviews and ratings on Yelp … was both amusing and demoralizing.” (Hat tip to Inside Scoop SF.)

On the crowd-sourced review site, Jake’s had three stars out of five and more than 160 total reviews, many written in the last few days. Earlier posts often referenced the previous tenant in the Castro space, an eatery called 2223 Restaurant.

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