Gay Couple Forgives Restaurant After Waiter Called Them ‘Faggots’ as They Left After a Meal: WATCH

A gay couple from Long Island, New York is speaking out after a waiter called them “faggots” in Spanish as they were walking out of Casa Rustica in Smithtown after a meal.

Craig Hollid-Ausset and his husband Marc wrote about the incident on Facebook and received a call from the restaurant’s owner, Mimmo Gambino, the next morning, offering to fire the waiter.

“We’re not trying to get people fired,” Marc Hollid-Ausset explained to ABC7. The owner did suspend two employees who are going through sensitivity training.

The restaurant, which wrongfully characterizes being gay as a “lifestyle”, posted a long apology to its Facebook page:

“We are deeply sorry and saddened for the unfortunate incident that took place on May 3rd. We do not condone the actions of one employee’s irresponsible behavior and it does not reflect the reputation of our 34 year establishment. We accept everyone’s lifestyle. The employees have been suspended until further notice and we are making sure they are enlightened of modern day lifestyles. There’s no room for anyone who isn’t educated in our restaurant. We hold our staff to the highest esteem of professionalism and personal integrity. People are proud to be part of our establishment and only people of the highest character will be employed here going forward. Again, the actions of one individual does not reflect us as a whole. We’ve been in business for 34 years and NEVER had such an unfortunate incident happen like this before. Please accept our apology. We have numerous employees that are part of the LGBTQ community and we support them 100%. The past couple of days have been heartbreaking for us and we feel terrible that these customers had to go through such a horrific experience in our building. No excuse for it. We promise you that we will never let anything like this happen again. From the bottom of our hearts- we are incredibly sorry and hope some day you will accept our deepest condolences.”

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Antoni Porowski on His Growing Food Empire and His Pathological Need to Be Loved: WATCH

Queer Eye food guru Antoni Porowski sat down with Fast Company to talk about what he’s learned since the show has become successful, and his growing food empire which now includes a revamped New York diner, and a cookbook.

Admitting that he has “a pathological need for everybody to love [him],” Porowski first sounded off on Guacamole-gate, the social media storm that ensued after he said he added Greek yogurt to his guacamole: “The biggest lesson from that was that it’s actually physically impossible for everybody to love me and that’s been the best thing, because when you have so many more eyes on you there are going to be so many more opinions.”

He took the publication into his restaurant, The Village Den: “I had no knowledge going in so it kind of feels like the wild wild west for me. It’s hard. It’s because I want to be in control of every component. So I think it’s asking a shit ton of questions. Not acting like I know everything. And being able to say ‘I need help. I need to figure this out.’ It’s relinquishing whenever I can and also knowing my opinion. It’s a tricky balancing act. I feel like I’m still figuring it out as I go.”

And talked about his new cookbook: “It’s very personal. … You get to look back on your life through food.”

Porowski said that at the beginning of filming Queer Eye he took much of the criticism to heart, urging producers to make the recipes more complicated, but then realized that the show wasn’t about him, it was about “what the hero needs.”

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Neil Patrick Harris says these are the best restaurants in the US

Neil Patrick Harris and Husband favorite restaurants

It’s an established fact that celebrities go to the finest eateries in town. So it only makes sense that a powerhouse couple like Neil Patrick Harris and his chef husband David Burtka know some of the best restaurants in America.

Luckily, the duo have been enlisted by OpenTable as their most recent Tastemakers, putting Harris’ Hollywood connections and Burtka’s chef palette to the test.

The Tastemaker lists are designed by OpenTable, a restaurant booking company, so that people can get restaurant recommendations from the most in-the-know people in the world.

With one actor, one Food Network star, and two adorable twins, the Harris-Burtka family have an opinion or two about where’s good to eat. For Harris, food has become an important part of the family network.

He told OpenTable: ‘Discovering incredible restaurants has become a passion of mine, since I met my better half, and most of our favorite memories revolve around food.

‘We spend a lot of our time trying new restaurants in our home – New York City – as well as cities we come across in our travels.’

Check out David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris’ favorite restaurants in America.

1 Quince

Quince San Francisco Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Quince, Facebook

This San Francisco eatery has an elegant atmosphere with a seasonal menu, handcrafted by Michael Tusks, which focuses on locally-sourced food and wine. When it comes time to order, definitely go with either the tasting menu or a la carte plates like the suckling pig or the black cod.

2 Roast – A Michael Symon Restaurant

Roast Michael Symeon Neil Patrick Harris -3

Photo: Roast, Facebook

This isn’t your average hotel restaurant. Michael Simon’s Detroit steakhouse is a surefire hit – a place that has it all. It’s menu highlights meats of all kinds that pair well with amazingly tasty sides.

3 Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer Michigan Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Gandy Dancer, Facebook

Set in a historical landmark, this is one of Michigan’s best restaurants. This place is wonderful for events and big parties. This establishment is known for fine food, which has a menu that focuses on seafood and wonderfully cooked steaks.

4 El Pinto

El Pinto New Mexico Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: El Pinto, Facebook

The decor of this New Mexican restaurant is as impressive as the food. Located about 20 minutes outside of Albuquerque, this massive hacienda boasts many rooms. The terra cotta fountains, plentiful chips, salsa, guacamole, and green chile are what make this restaurant a true wonder.

5 Girl & the Goat 

Girl and the Goat Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Girl and the Goat, Facebook

I have been here a few times, and every time I come to Chicago, I simply can’t skip out on this place. Top Chef winner Stephane Izard creates innovative and creative food. With its small plates, you’ll have to resist yourself from ordering the entire menu. Strong, flavorful food that is better after every single bite.

6 Lidia’s Restaurant

Lidia's Kansas City

Photo: Lidia’s, Facebook

Lidia Bastianich, acclaimed chef and TV personality, created Lidia’s, which is the quintessential restaurant for rustic northern Italian cooking. Set in an old train station, the farmhouse atmosphere is perfectly rustic and elegant at the same time.

The dishes are flavorful and will leave you beyond full of delicious food. When ordering, go for the pastas, especially the pasta trio that’s cooked tableside. If you can find room in your stomach, you’ll have to try anything with the gorgonzola sauce or the mushroom arancini.

7 Momofuku Las Vegas

Momofuku Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Momofuku, Facebook

Okay let’s be honest, have you ever had a bad meal at Momofuku?! David Chang brings his seasonal, always changing, Asian-inspired menu to a bigger, badder and tastier level. Always great food done Vegas style.

8 Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Morimoto, Instagram

Looking for the best sushi in Orlando? This is your place. The dining room is like a Vegas nightclub, but the food is as authentic as eating in Japan. Whether you sit down and share dim sum on lazy Susan’s, or order straight from the gigantic sushi bar, this iron chef does it right.

9 Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Angelini Osteria, Facebook

If you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine, this is your place to go. Make sure to book ahead because this tiny Trattoria fills up fast. From homemade, rolled pasta to perfectly cooked Bistecca Florentine, this LA favorite is a no brainer.

10 Vetri Cucina

Vetri Cucina neil patrick harris

Photo: Vetri Cucina, Facebook

With a tiny dining room and a multi-course tasting menu, Ventri never disappoints. It’s over-the-top, expensive and probably some of the best Italian food you will ever have.

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