Elizabeth Parker reads a Yelp review
Elizabeth Parker reads a Yelp review

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Maybe you sounded off on a restaurant or two this year on Yelp after you were served cold tacos or couldn’t find parking. Well, get ready for the bar and restaurant employees to bite back tomorrow night at Compass Rose.

The cool and quirky 14th Street restaurant will once again play host to an evening of industry professionals reading bad reviews a la Jimmy Kimmel Live’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets.”

Owner Rose Previte says the event celebrates finding humor in the one thing all restaurant and bar employees have in common—the occasional bad review. “But not just any old bad review. The one that was written to tear in to the soul of a server, bartender, manager, or owner of a well-intentioned bar or restaurant,” she says.

“Unless you’ve worked in this industry, you can never appreciate how hard it is or how much it can hurt when someone tells you how terrible you are. Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of lists and sites that create a space for people to leave their comments, regardless of how cruel.”

This year’s line-up of presenters includes The Passenger’s Tom Brown, Columbia Room’s J.P. Fetherston, Himitsu’s Carlie Steiner, and Trevor Frye, who is gearing up to open Marble Alley and Five to One.

Together they’ll laugh the pain away, and you can watch. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 21 and no tickets are necessary.

Get a taste from a previous event.

Compass Rose, 1346 T St. NW; (202) 506-4765; compassrosedc.com

Photo and video courtesy of Doug Donnellon