Culinary no-no #706


One of the most popular and highly regarded restaurants in NYC is Gramercy Tavern. Take a look.

In 1994, Danny Meyer opened his second restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, a revival and renewal of the classic American tavern.

Last week, on July 28, Gramercy Tavern announced on it Facebook page:

“Seeing guests back in The Tavern is the best feeling, bar none.”

The very next day Meyer said his Union Square Hospitality Group which oversees Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe in NY as well as Anchovy Social in Washington will require indoor diners and drinkers at its restaurants to show that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees will also have to get the vaccine, although Meyer didn’t say whether they would be fired or be forced to wear masks.

However, the policy will not be extended to Shake Shack, a highly successful hamburger/hot dog/custard restaurant that has a number of locations throughout the United States, including locations in Milwaukee and Madison.

Silly me. I thought restaurants took a beating the past 18th months because of restrictions. Now they’re imposing their own?

Meyer made the announcement about his restaurant’s vaccine policy on CNBC, saying the vaccine requirement is “the most logical thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not a scientist, but I know how to read data, and what I see is that this is a crisis of people who have not been vaccinated, and I feel strong responsibility, on our part as business leaders, to take care of our team and our guests, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re going to give our employees 45 days to make the choice and hopefully this will be the incentive that really makes them say, ‘You know what, now I’m going to do it.’”

So the madness and tyranny continue. With it comes a vilification of evil non-vaxxers.

On WTMJ Radio a few weeks ago talk show host Steve Scaffidi who claims to be a conservative (he’s not) belittled folks who refused to get a jab. From my blog last month:

“I think you’re missing something.”

No Steve. You’re missing the point, big time. People who are not going to roll up their sleeves are doing so, not based on what someone with an “R” next to their name declared on FOX News. They’re making a conscientious, thoughtful decision about what’s best for them and their family, AS IT SHOULD BE.

Another Scaffidi insult. “Unless you’re planning on going back to a country-living hillbilly loving life where you don’t see a doctor until you’re dead, you might want to think long and hard about some of the things you’re spouting on social media.”

You got that. No shot, you must be some ignorant hick. When you voice your opinion you’re spouting.

Concluding the segment Scaffidi said,” You make the call, but you live with your choices or in some cases you die with ‘em,” then immediately went to a break. He took only one call, a sympathetic gentleman who identified himself as a physician, and let him “spout” for a long time. Scaffidi took no callers who disagreed, if any actually called in.  

Compare Scaffidi’s barroom talk analysis to the more thoughtful, respectful analysis of Matt Vespa at

Look, I got the COVID vaccine. I’m pro-vaccine. I am not, however, for mandatory vaccinations. I’m not for this door-to-door nonsense the Biden administration wants to enact but can’t due to the upcoming midterm elections. It’s a choice. I may not agree with someone’s choice not to get vaccinated, but I can totally get why there’s a ton of hesitancy.

First, the experts said to get the shot, but remain inside. Then, they said we can take the masks off. And now some places are saying put those masks back on, the same store-bought ones that don’t curb the spread of COVID as noted by Dr. Anthony Fauci in his recently revealed emails. 

Get the shot, return to normal. They work. That’s simple messaging, but to keep fear and panic alive for political purposes—the experts decided to give us all whiplash with pure science fiction. All this back-and-forth says one thing to most: the vaccines don’t work. That’s not the case—but this is a public relations monster of the Left’s own doing. This is their creature. 

Get vaccinated, but you can’t go outside, they say.  And then, these clowns turn around, go on television, and wonder why people aren’t getting vaccinated. It’s because you people fumbled the ball on messaging. You have been for months.

And to feed the moral superiority complex of liberal America and coastal snobs, they peddle a fake narrative about how vaccine hesitancy is only with Republicans and maybe the religious. Remember, liberals are learned, people. They don’t believe in God. They’re smarter.

All good stuff. But there are other issues at play besides the tyranny, the overreach, the invasion of medical privacy, believe it or not.

First of all, is what Gramercy and many other bars and restaurants planning to do, if they haven’t already, legal?

Let’s turn to Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University who write on

For the most part, the motivation behind government and private mandates are hard to litigate. Courts tend to defer to measures ostensibly protecting others from risk of illness; even in criminal cases, the government has been allowed to conduct “pretextual traffic stops” if it can cite an objective basis.

There may be new legal challenges ahead, however. First, those with religious or medical concerns can challenge mandated vaccination programs. CNN’s Don Lemon called for barring unvaccinated people from offices and businesses, insisting “It has nothing to do with liberty. You don’t have the freedom and the liberty to put other people in jeopardy.” In truth, there are constitutional questions when you force people to take medications or vaccinations that violate their religious beliefs or that fail to satisfy a rational basis.

And now, get ready for the biggie. There have been a handful of attempts and approaches to manipulate people into vaxxing. Since they’ve not worked we’re onto the next according to Turley:

We are now entering the “coerced consent” stage. Unable to persuade or purchase consent, many are arguing to make it difficult to be gainfully employed or functionally active without proof of vaccination.

Unwilling to face the legal or political challenges of mandating a vaccination program, the Biden administration has actively encouraged companies to bar unvaccinated people from planes, restaurants and other venues. The danger is that using companies to censor opposing views and restrict people can amount to a type of government-by-surrogate, a shadow state. 

The greatest danger with the coercion model is that it will further deepen our divisions and turn vaccine resistance into a type of patriotic resistance for some people. Recently, a shocking poll found that almost 50 percent of Republicans believe “patriotic Americans [might] have to take the law into their own hands.” The poll shows how many Americans are increasingly alienated from the government, the media and the established order. Conversely, some commentators on the left have declared that the unvaccinated are terrorists using “biological warfare” against the nation.

Threatening to make the lives of the unvaccinated a “living hell,” or isolating them from society, likely will do little to increase the level of vaccination — but it will do much to increase the level of alienation in our society.

Translation and the Reader’s Digest bottom line: There’s more than a restaurant meal at stake.


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