OK, this might be a little weird, but we like a little controversy with our chow, right?
There's this French place called Bistro Madeleine on Martin Downs Blvd. in Palm City (near Stuart). I just moved here, and I've been there about three times a week since. It is AWESOME. They serve breakfast all day, really great greasy-spoon stuff, with traditional casual French dishes like the world's most amazing Monte Cristo (mostly due to the fact their French toast is so good), salads without a hint of iceberg, mondo omelettes with any type of cheese you can think of, fresh baked French bread and croissants. . .list goes on. Ambience sucks and service is worse, and I haven't tried their recently expanded dinner offerings, but for breakfast and lunch no place in this area can even touch it.
Here's the problem, and the controversy. About two weeks ago the owner was arrested for having repeated sexual relations with one of his 16-year-old employees. I personally know a 17-year-old girl who had quit this establishment after the owner "came on to her." He confessed to the relationship to the cops and is now out on bail.
This is, of course, totally unacceptable behavior, and there has been a noticeable dropoff in his business recently. But pardon me for sounding selfish, but why do I have to lose the only good place to eat in this Podunk country town because of a public backlash??
There have been restaurants in my past where I haven't WANTED to go. . .service was horribly rude, prices too high, too far, etc. . .but if the chow was exceptional enough, my tummy ruled and I gave in. I feel angry at the crime he committed, but I don't want a good restaurant to fail because of something totally unrelated to the business of the restaurant.
Thoughts, fellow hounds?