Maine food blogger is banned from restaurants, even after writing kind reviews

Three restaurant owners from Portland, Maine, have told food blogger John Golden that he’s no longer welcome at their establishments.

The owners’ email to the blogger says: “As pleased as we all were that you enjoyed a ‘ten-star’ meal at The Honey Paw, we must remind you that it was your last. Please understand that we are well within our rights to refuse you service.”

The owners claim the blogger “isn’t a particularly professional food writer for this town”- even though he has been published in Gourmet, the New York Times, Boston Globe and other outlets.

Golden (at right), who calls the ban “ridiculous,” says he’s not sure whether he’ll try to dine again at the places he’s not welcome.

The Portland Press Herald’s Eric Russell writes: “What makes Golden’s ban unusual is that almost everything he’s written about [the three restaurants] has been positive. Typically critics get barred for scathing reviews.”

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