Restaurant Refuses to Quail Before Teacher Union Demands (UPDATED)
posted at 1:49 pm on February 16, 2011 by Mike Antonucci
Dateline – Albany:
Cops booted an unruly group of city teachers union officials from a posh Albany eatery after they caused a ruckus over their dinner tab, the Daily News has learned.
Paul Egan, the union’s political and legislative director, set off the fracas – claiming the quail he was served, and finished, wasn’t large enough – sources said.
Egan and about two dozen other members of the United Federation of Teachers spread over three tables at the swank bistro Marché inside 74 State, a boutique hotel down the block from the state Capitol.
And with Egan apparently worked into a froth over the size of his quail in the $40 prix fixe meal, union members looked on without paying the group’s bill.
Egan began shouting and demanded to see the manager. The restaurant’s owner soon appeared, and pleaded with Egan to calm down, sources said.
When he didn’t, restaurant staffers called the cops.
The police made Egan pay his check, and then escorted the UFT group out of the restaurant.
Egan became UFT’s political director after Marvin “Cue Card” Reiskin retired. Egan’s bio claims he was in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988 for the longest after-dinner speech. It’s possible, but he must have just squeezed it in between the 1985 and 1988 achievements of Dr. Donald Thomas. If Egan held the record, he went on for more than 19 hours and 20 minutes, so I’d say the restaurant got off easy.
UPDATE: United Federation of Teachers political director Paul Egan isn’t done crying about his unsatisfactory quail dinner party, sending a letter to the Marché restaurant in Albany (and the press) complaining about all sorts of problems.
On the night of February 14, 2011, I hosted a dinner for 24 colleagues. A number of untoward incidents occurred, including half the party not getting served for an hour and a half, late and rude service, drinks hot and cold spilled by waiters and cold and uncooked meals.
Late and rude service? Drinks spilled? Cold and uncooked meals?
Surely not. After all, Marché is a union restaurant, organized by UNITE HERE Local 471 in 2007 through card check, and its members work as “cooks, bakers, kitchen utility workers, servers, bussers, bartenders and bellmen.” Maybe Egan should have demanded to speak to the shop steward.