Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
Even upscale drinking establishments like Tavern Law see their fair share of patrons behaving badly, especially on that staircase to upstairs bar-within-a-bar Needle & Thread. First up on Shit People Steal, chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough recount the cocktail-fueled shenanigans:
Aside from the typical glassware, silverware and menus, we’ve also had a door handle pocketed at Tavern Law. Framed vintage pictures of nude women that we have going up the hidden staircase to Needle & Thread have been literally ripped out of the wall more than once.
While closing up for the night one of our bartenders found a handbag left behind. He looked inside to get the ID to call the customer to let her know she'd left her bag and found her ID plus a dozen pilfered hand towels from our ladies' room. He returned the bag to its rightful owner but removed our towels leaving a note inside instead which said, "Hand towels. Really?"
The most memorable? Someone stole a photo we had downstairs in a frame on our bookshelf and put a new photo in the same frame—it’s of a guy around 20 years old, wearing a too-tight, pretty unflattering polo shirt?and holding a teddy bear.
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The troublesome staircase [Photo: Kristin Zwiers]