It’s a story about the parting of a bartender and a restaurant group, writ larger by blogs and social media.
Yesterday, Eater Atlanta reported, “Bartender Arianne Fielder is OUT at Parish as the Inman Park restaurant has ‘decided to go in a different direction.’ ” Comments followed.
Fielder took to her Facebook page to write, “Have you ever found out via internet that you were out of a job?” In a later post, Fielder claimed the Eater post was “put out by @concentrics to hurt me. And it did.”
In addition to Parish, Concentrics Restaurants group includes One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, TAP, The Spence, Lobby Bar & Bistro, and Room at Twelve
Fielder’s resume includes stints at Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Seven Lamps and Article 14. And she is considered among the vanguard of women in the Atlanta cocktail scene.
In December 2013, Concentrics named Fielder the new mixologist at Parish, where she joined new chef Zeb Stevenson for what was supposed to be a “dream team” of tatted young talents charged with making big changes at the restaurant.
It was even hinted that Fielder might play a role in the beverage programs at other Concentrics restaurants.
But then, yesterday happened.
Today, Concentrics Director of Public Relations, Hannah Huffines, sent me this official statement concerning Fielder:
“There are always two sides to every story. Clearly, a variety of details are involved in personnel changes and those should remain internal. We are not in the business of using the media to discuss human resource issues. We truly do wish her nothing but the best as she is one of the Atlanta’s top talents” — Concentrics Restaurants
What’s your take on the story?
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.