A restaurant owner in San Francisco was so fed up with his customers complaining about the food he closed the restaurant temporarily. But not before putting a sign up in the window.
Robin Mead from HLN reports, "It reads, 'We're closed because of you customers. Yes, we use MSG! We don't believe in organic food. And we don't give a BLANK about gluten-free."
Yeah, HLN's Robin Meade thought the whole thing was pretty hilarious, but SO restaurant owner and chef James Chu definitely was not laughing when he described to KGO-TV an interaction he had with a picky customer.
Chu says, "The second guy came up to me, and he said, 'The rule is if we don't like it, we don't have to pay.' As he was walking out, he started cursing at me."
And an employee of the restaurant told Eater San Francisco another set of customers wouldn't pay their bill because their food turned out to be "too spicy."
Now, Chu did eventually reopen the restaurant.
What's interesting about this story, though, is that SO is a Chinese food restaurant.
And soy sauce is one of the most popular ingredients used in Asian cuisine. But it has gluten in it, so if you keep a gluten-free diet, you might not be in luck.
About.com put together a list of ingredients people with celiac disease or gluten allergies can eat at Chinese restaurants. It includes rice wine and vinegar, cornstarch, rice and tofu. The article also advises ordering bland foods such as steamed rice, vegetables or meat.
Chu's sign also noted he uses MSG in his food - which shouldn't be surprising since it's a key ingredient in Chinese food, according to the Mayo Clinic.
WebMD reports it's easiest to eat at Chinese restaurants that are MSG-free if you are sensitive to the ingredient but still want that Chinese-food fix.
Since reopening, KGO-TV reported SO restaurant has been flooded with customers, but only those who don't mind ingesting a little gluten and MSG.
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