Feb 26, 2024 - News

Inside the beef between Jen Royle's TABLE and a would-be customer

Jen Royle at her restaurant Table in Boston's North End neighborhood in 2019.

Jen Royle at her restaurant Table in 2019. Photo: Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

A great example of New England civility went viral over the weekend.

Catch up quick: A New Yorker posted to X that he canceled a reservation at Jen Royle's TABLE in the North End because he had to go to the hospital and used his travel insurance to get back the $250 the eatery charges for late cancellations.

  • Royle reportedly DMed the would-be-customer and sarcastically thanked him "for screwing over my restaurant and my staff," and called him "pathetic."

The intrigue: The Internet went nutty for the story and TABLE got review-bombed on Yelp and other sites. Royle deleted her accounts. Both parties report getting death threats after the post blew up.

Flashback: Celebrity chef Royle is well-known for speaking her mind and letting customers know exactly what she thinks of them.

The bottom line: Royle says the restaurant is still open and doing well regardless of the online hate.

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