Restaurant Responds Epically to Reviewer’s Sexist Request

After an UrbanSpoon reviewer posted a review about the Atomic Grill in West Virginia requesting that female servers “show some more skin,” the restaurant owner responded by offering a new potato skin special

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The Atomic Grill: breaking down barriers of sexism one rude online review at a time.

Clever restaurant owner:1, sexist reviewer: 0.

After reading a review of his restaurant on UrbanSpoon that requested that female servers “show some more skin,” Daniel McCawley, the owner of Morgantown West Virginia’s Atomic Grill, decided to take matters into his own hands.  McCawley decided to give the anonymous reviewer exactly what he or she asked for: more skin. During  Memorial Day weekend, Atomic Grill will be offering a loaded potato skins special for $7, and the proceeds from the special will benefit the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services.

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"I'm a husband and a father of a 12 year old girl," McCawley told the local ABC News station. "I have five sisters and it was just offensive.  If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It's important to us, it should be important to the community.”

Since then, McCawley’s story has blown up and he has received a huge amount of support for his smart and simple tactics against an offensive reviewer.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


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How is wanting to see womens' skin sexist again? What does this have to do with rape again?

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showing skin is treating women as sex objects. women perceived as sex objects get raped.

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Ah so sad that people in this age are still this stupid. I mean seriously? And man a teenager is smarter then you sigh

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How is wanting to see women's skin sexist again? What does it have to do with rape again?

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Assuming you really are this stupid and honestly don't see the problem: The wanting is not the problem. This is a review of an eating establishment, not a strip or mud wrestling club. The very idea that someone can not fully appreciate the food unless the women working there are adequately sexualized is the problem. The part that has to do with rape or more specifically rape culture is the idea that a woman must at all times present herself in a sexually appealing manner.

In essence, this review states 'the food is okay, but I would prefer it if the female uniforms were more sexualized.'

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Yipeeeeeeeeee macawley; well done. thank you.

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we sure he didn't make the more skin review himself for free national advertisement? it was anonomous , after all...

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So what kind of restaurant is this? Is it an ordinary family restaurant or "a restaurant/lounge" place? If it is the first one, then I understand the owner's approach, the most rightful one...But if it is the second, then I don't understand what's wrong with the female employees "showing off" all their gorgeous attributes...You call me sexist? Yes, I am and just to clarify, if there are good looking males there, why don't they too show off some muscle, pecs and six packs? I'm bi, single and on the prowl, so I have no problem with it!!! LOL

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Congratulations sir on your handling of this situation. To the reviewer, as the father to a daughter and the grandfather of 8 granddaughters, you should probably find a new line of work. You have no credibility left as a restaurant reviewer.

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Congratulations sir on your handling of this situation. To the reviewer, as the father to a daughter and the grandfather of 8 granddaughters, you should probably find a new line of work. You have no credibility left as a restaurant reviewer.

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Fabulous way to handle an idiot and their inane comment! My hat is off to Daniel McCawley and his intelligence! May your restaurant prosper!

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Nice job by the owner but terrible article, epically responded? I think not. Clever and tame, yes.

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YAY! Very nice. See people? Ethical behavior can be very attractive. Thank you Daniel McCawley.

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Wow another GREAT review for a guy that has a child molester/rapist working for him in his bar against the CONVICTED man's parole I might add. When the fact was pointed out to him his response " I believe in giving people second chances."

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Totally EXCELLENT response!

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Totally EXCELLENT response!

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reminds me of the old saying, watch what you ask for, you may get it, but this wasn't exactly what he meant I guess, LOLOLOL

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Kudos to Mr. McCawley and having a fundraiser to benefit the local Foundation for Rape Information and Services is admirable! A reviewer's job is to rate the food, ambience, service and cleanliness of an establishment. This reviewer wants more skin he should go to the local strip club!

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Kudos to Mr. McCawley and for giving the proceeds to the local Foundation for Rape Information and Services. A restaurant reviewer is there to rate the food, the service, the ambience and cleanliness of the establishment! His lascivious request should cost him his job! I am no prude, but there is a time and place for everything, If this reviewer wants to see more skin I suggest he go to a local strip club!

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So proud to be from West Virginia; even though I live in Oklahoma now.

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Big problem with anonymous reviewers posting reviews online. A new operation could be slaughtered if rivals posted anonymous fake negative reviews. Even existing successful places could suffer a loss of business this way. If reviewers do not have the courage to sign their reviews they should be precluded from posting them.

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Hooray! for Mr. McCawley. I wish I was visiting WV, I would love to eat at and support his business. Those potato skins pictured on AOL look delicious.

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Good for the restaurant manager. If the guy wants more skin then maybe he should find a girlfriend or get married. Although this guy does not sound like a boyfriend anyone would want. Such an ass.

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Hooray. I hope everyone who lives within miles of this restaurant patronize it often. And I also home the find and out the scumbag reviewer.

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Kudos...well done!

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Kudos...well done!

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Kudos...well done!

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Way cool, sure wish I lived close enough to support this restaurant. Hope they make a ton of money!

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BRAVO!!!!!

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Ha Ha Love his response. When I read the headline, I was thinking he should bring him a plate of raw chicken skins. This dimwit would probably have ate them and got sick, though.

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