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Feminist restaurant that imposes 18% ‘gender surcharge’ on men will close for good

Handsome Her is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Brunswick, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia, which describes itself as “Community based cafe focussing on female empowerment, social responsibility and environmental justice. All vegan all day.”

Handsome Her is also a feminist restaurant that gives priority seating to female customers. In 2017, the restaurant attracted headlines for righting the alleged “gender pay gap” by charging men extra with an 18% “gender surcharge”. At the time, the cafe’s management claimed the attention left them “jam-packed with customers showing their support”.

Calling the restaurant “feminist” is actually a misnomer. Handsome Her more properly should be identified as a lesbian restaurant, as shown by a recent post on the restaurant’s Facebook page promoting a lesbian speed-dating event.

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for Summit News, April 23, 2019, that Handsome Her, which only opened a few years ago, is closing for good on April 28.

Out of 52 reviews on Trip Advisor, Handsome Her received only 18 “excellent”, one “average”, 3 “poor”, and 30 “terrible” ratings. John P. from Sydney, Australia, who visited the restaurant in August 2017, gave it a one-star “terrible” rating. He wrote:

I was in Melbourne on business recently and a friend of mine recommended this cafe. What a shame I listened to her. It took 5 minutes to get the attention of a waitress who seemed to be more interested in chatting to her friends, rather than serving a customer who’d just walked through the door. I was eventually seated and chose the gnocchi paired with the suggested pinot noir. The gnocchi arrived and I was bitterly disappointed. The gnocchi was very undercooked and had a floury texture, the mushrooms were burnt and the dish lacked any real flavour. The only enjoyable part of the meal was the wine. I left most of my meal on the plate and finished my wine.

When I asked for the bill, the waitress asked if there was a problem with my meal, since I’d left most of it on my plate. When I told her of my dissatisfaction with the meal, she morphed into an aggressive and irate woman who then started dispatching some rather vile language. Not wanting to cause a scene, I subsequently left the requisite cash on the table, which included a 15% tip, and promptly walked out. As I was walking past the register on the way out, I could hear the same woman telling the other waitress working with her that I was a “vile beast” and that I “wasn’t welcome here again”.

I certainly won’t be coming back. One of the worst experiences I’ve had in quite some time.

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~Eowyn

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