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About that whole S. Irene Virbila mess...

If you haven't heard it yet, the LA Times has a recap:

S. Irene Virbila, the L.A. Times’ restaurant critic for the last 16 years, was visiting Red Medicine restaurant in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night when she was approached by managing partner Noah Ellis, who took Virbila’s picture without her permission and then ordered Virbila and her three companions to leave, refusing them service.

Ellis posted her picture on the restaurant’s Tumblr site, explaining that she was not welcome there.

So why did they do it? For the little guy! At least that's what Red Medicine says:

Our purpose for posting this is so that all restaurants can have a picture of her and make a decision as to whether or not they would like to serve her.   We find that some of her reviews can be unnecessarily cruel and irrational, and that they have caused hard-working people in this industry to lose their jobs — we don’t feel that they should be blind-sided by someone with no understanding of what it takes to run or work in a restaurant.

But it looks like LA Times writer and Off-Ramp contributor Miles Clements might have uncovered the real reason for all the Virbila directed rage: apparently she wasn't happy with a whiskey-filled "cube" from the chef's previous place of employment. Check out Miles' blog for more.