An angry restaurateur (and News Tribune advertiser) called one of this newspaper's advertising representatives today, informing her that he would no longer advertise in the News Tribune.
The reason? I didn't mention his restaurant in today's round-up of waterfront dining.
The reason I didn't mention his restaurant is the same reason I didn't mention many other waterfront restaurants: today's round-up was a totally subjective cruise around the South Sound; the review said as much. I left out a bunch of places on or near the water.
First of all, the angry restaurateur called the wrong number. Any complaints about what does and doesn't get reviewed should be addressed with me or my editors. The News Tribune's advertising staff doesn't influence news and reviews, and we like it that way around here. Time and space are usually driving factors in what does and doesn't get covered.
Restaurants catch my attention (positively or negatively) for different reasons. Simply being in business doesn't mean a restaurant's going to be reviewed, or even mentioned. Advertising in the News Tribune is no guarantee that I'll ever eat at a restaurant.
I'll let you in on something I'm sure my publisher won't appreciate, but which I'm sure readers who want an impartial perspective can appreciate: I don't read ads in the News Tribune. I pay no attention to whether a restaurant I review advertises in the newspaper that gives me a bi-weekly paycheck. I do this job for readers, not restaurateurs.
Restaurateurs, want to catch my attention? Here's the simple plan: Serve good food. Provide good service. People will tip me off, or I'll find you on my own. Of course, you can always call me at 253-597-8678 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't accept freebies, but I like press releases and info about what's going on at your restaurants.