In other bar news, apparently classic jackassery P.J. Clarke’s fired one of its long-time bartenders for kicking out a regular who was harassing some chicks at the bar. In other words, they fired the bartender for doing precisely what he was supposed to do.
The story Quinn told Business Insider is that last night at the bar there was an older man in the bar who had groped three young women. “I’m Doug Quinn. This is P.J. Clarke’s and there’s a way to behave in the saloon. I don’t tolerate this kind of shenanigans in the bar,” he said. Quinn, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 lbs., said the bar was a little busy and he tried to call the gentleman over but the man got “verbally abusive,” according to the bartender.
“I told him he should leave and he told me ‘F you’,” Quinn said. Quinn told Business Insider that he thought about picking up the phone and calling the police in the area since he says he knows all of them.
However, he said he decided to ask the bar’s new general manager for help. “So I told this guy, the general manager, ‘Could you do me a favor and please get this gentleman out of here? He’s abusive and putting his hands on women.'” Quinn, who said he didn’t want to make a scene out of the situation, said the manager didn’t support him.
“Rather than supporting me and listening saying ‘You gotta go,’ he went over and kissed his hiney and took him in the dining room and bought him dinner,” he said, adding that the man was given a P.J. Clarke’s t-shirt. Quinn said he told the general manager he was “out of line” and that he was about to lose his bar staff. Then, he said he and another bartender Justin stepped outside. “We walked out for a moment. ‘We can’t walk out. This guy is abusive and he’s allowed to stay in this establishment. We’re not going to walk out.'”
Quinn was told “it was time to go” and he was fired. He told Business Insider that in his view what went on last night at P.J. Clarke’s was “despicable.” The bar’s patrons, some of whom called themselves his “friends” even though Quinn says they’re actually his “clients,” walked out in droves after the legendary bartender’s dramatic ouster last night, according to the tipster and Quinn.
P.J. Clarke’s is run by assholes.