Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
The Publican [Photo: Bob Briskey Photography]
This week on Shit People Steal is The Publican, the Blackbird group's still super-hot Fulton Market temple to all things pork and shellfish with a well-curated beer list to boot. Since opening, the restaurant has seen its share of things taken, like their embroidered guest napkins, the upscale pump soap and lotion set in the communal sink area of the bathrooms and even dainty dessert spoons. But as general manager Katie Syracopoulos, a.k.a. the Publican General, people sometimes take things to the next level. Tell us the story, Ms. General:
The one incident of theft that is still the most flabbergasting—truly the grand larceny of restaurant theft in our opinion—took place on a Monday evening during the prime dinner hour.
While checking the guest washrooms for cleanliness (this is generally done every 30 minutes or so), our host team made the shocking discovery that one of our antique artifacts had been stolen out of the window display box in the middle women's stall.
To paint the picture, the window boxes are secured with four external pieces of brass that are held together by eight screws surrounding the perimeter of the box. Our crafty thief not only disassembled the window box with a screwdriver that they must have brought with them, they smuggled the antique beer stein (not a small item) out of the restaurant with what must have been an oversized bag/purse. Our thief was very considerate, however, and took the time to reassemble the now-empty window display box once they had scored their prized possession so as not to leave us to clean up their mess.
How's that for shit people steal?