Restaurant owner slams amateur food blogger for asking for $100 in free meals just weeks before establishment closed: ‘How is that going to help?’
- A Melbourne restaurant owner called a food ‘influencer’ over a request for freebies
- Katie Marron is the proud owner of Miss Katie’s Crab Shack in the city
- Devastated by the Covid, Ms Marron was forced to close her restaurant
- But claims @thebrowkhaleesi asked for $100 free food for a social post
- The request was met with derision by Ms Marron given her struggles with Covid
A Melbourne restaurant owner who barely managed to keep her business alive during Covid has denounced a ‘shameless’ food blogger for asking for $100 worth of free meals in exchange for social media exposure.
Katie Marron sadly closed the doors of Miss Katie’s Crab Shack on July 29 after nine years, an establishment which offered its thousands of customers dishes like chowder, okra – a rich seafood stew – and oysters at 1 $.
She told her loyal fans the business would shut down on June 14 with a heartbreaking message on Instagram, but that didn’t stop a food blogger who goes by @thebrowkhaleesi – who has since deleted her account – from asking to review the place before it closed.
‘Hello 🙂 Do you collaborate with food bloggers to come and review your place before closing?’ The blogger, who had 10,000 subscribers, asked Ms Marron.
Katie Marron (pictured) sadly closed Miss Katie’s Crab Shack on July 29 after nine years, an establishment which offered its thousands of customers dishes like chowder, okra – a rich seafood stew – and $1 oysters
In private messages posted on social media by Australian restaurant critic John Lethlean, the restaurant owner asked her what she meant by collaboration (pictured)
In private messages posted on social media by Australian restaurant critic John Lethlean, the restaurant owner asked her what she meant by collaboration, to which the blogger explained: “I work with local restaurants and I come try some of their popular dishes and create video reels and TikTok content in exchange for a voucher or meals to try.
Ms. Marron was apparently unimpressed with the response.
“Okay, given that the hut will be closing on July 29th, could you please explain how this would benefit me and my struggling business which is weeks away from closing due to financial pressures,” he said. she replied.
The blogger replied, “No worries, I could ask my followers and promote the restaurant and many people would come. But understand if $100 is a lot [to ask].’
“After these few absolutely crippling years the hospitality industry has been dragged in, what I would really like to see are people like you who better understand what it takes to put that plate of food on the table of a customer,” Ms. Brown said.
Melbourne has suffered the longest lockdowns in the world during the Covid pandemic, with no less than six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March 2020.
The blogger replied, “No worries, I could ask my followers and promote the restaurant and many people would come. But understand if $100 is a lot [to ask]
The food blogger in question has since deleted her account after receiving backlash
“Obviously you’re keen to check out my restaurant and you’re a fan of hospitality venues, so I invite you to come support my business in its final days and pay for a full meal,” she continued. .
“Unfortunately your messages, however beautiful, will simply not pay my bills. Please let me know if you would like me to reserve a table for you, I would be more than happy to oblige.
Many of Mr Lethlean’s supporters were quick to speak out against the behaviour, with one saying: ‘Wtf will do a review when it’s closed? I hate these people.
Ms Marron’s message about the closure of her restaurant was received with great sadness in the wider community.
Ms Marron’s message about the closure of her restaurant was received with great sadness in the wider community
“No one could have predicted the difficult road ahead,” she said in June.
“Due to the impacts of Covid and rising costs, I have struggled to keep the Shack alive. The landscape of the hospitality industry has changed and it’s time to re-examine things.
“I hung on to the cabin for as long as I could because I love it so much, it has served me well.”
“But it is time for new beginnings. I have to embrace change and move in a new direction. It’s time to call it a day.
“It is with mixed feelings that I will bid farewell to my beloved Crab Shack.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Marron for further comment.
Ms Marron will be back in the form of a new bar called Suzi Cheeks, which will open in August.