Denver bar proprietor acquired toasted for his response to the poor Yelp overview


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Sean Kenyon has long been a bright spot on the local hospitality scene. The man behind the award-winning Williams & Graham who sparked Denver’s obsession with cocktail bars kept spirits and standards high during the pandemic, making sure customers and employees alike stayed safe.

And then, when a grumpy customer posted a one-star Yelp review of the Occidental, its bar next to Williams & Graham, Kenyon was literally set on fire. “I can’t take this shit anymore. Really, ”he said on a June 30 post that had a long response to that Yelp review – which the customer deleted but Kenyon had saved in a screenshot.

Readers toast his response to the titled Yelper on Kenyon in their comments on the Westword Facebook post. Says David:

This behavior doesn’t surprise me in the least. This state has been contaminated with this kind of legitimate filth for years.

Adds Ryan:

Yelp is rubbish !!! Leaves idiots who have no clue about industries they don’t work in to rate and comment on. And are usually completely wrong.

Answer Aaron:

Hell yes! It’s unfortunate that companies have to constantly monitor social media for shit like this from even shitty people. Time is running out … Simple rule: don’t be an A-hole. Hats off Sean for supporting your co-worker and for the laughs.

Comments Niles:

Love me a little sean kenyon! For his craft, his contribution to the Denver cocktail scene, his concepts, his service and the support of his people and the industry. Hats off, Sean.

Counter Michael:

Seriously, who cares !!

Answers Kelley:

Anyone who owns or works for a business where certain customers act like assholes and then tarnish that company’s good name with a crybaby review on Yelp. He’s a hero in these circles, I would imagine.

applauds Jaymie:

Sean Kenyon has the courage to take on Yelp. I will drink to it! In one of his bars, of course.

And if this bar is the Occidental, Jared has his own advice:

Make reservations in advance, go on a weekday, bring lots of money, plan to stay for a while. I remember ordering a drink that was poured into the cup with a four-foot fiery jet of liquor. Love this place.

Have you been to the west What do you think of Sean Kenyon’s reaction to Yelp? Yelp in general?

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