Scandal! Sheehan (Falsely) Accused Of Bribing Waiter 4 Years Ago!

Oh, the things that pass for news…

Yesterday, Eater’s Denver office posted an interview in their “The Gatekeepers” section with Paul Attardi, a floorman and partner at the restaurant Fruition. In it, Attardi alleged that, while working as an anonymous critic for Westword newspaper, I tried to bribe one of his servers for a table by offering him $50 while he was out back having a smoke. It wasn’t true, but because it contained the words “critic” and “bribe,” the story has since taken off.

To be clear, I didn’t do it. I’m just not that kind of guy. And frankly, anyone who knows me knows that if I had fifty bucks in my pocket, I would’ve spent it on whiskey and salami sandwiches, not on trying to grease some waiter.

Anyway, for those of you truly interested in something I didn’t do four years ago, my former boss posted a rousing defense and rebuttal (with quotes from me) out in Denver.

For the rest of you who couldn’t care less, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Bribe Time [Eater National]

Jason Sheehan Offered a $50 Bribe For a Table at Fruition? Eat Those Words! [Westword]