Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
Our first report comes from those crazy kids over at Holeman & Finch Public House. Everyone's favorite gastropub has had its share of thefts since opening in 2008. We spoke with General Manager Jordan Smelt and co-owner Gina Hopkins and discovered people steal shit from Holeman A LOT. Remember those awesome little "Thank you" blocks you got with your check back in the early days? Those were gone in mere weeks and so were the novelty salt and pepper shakers that used to grace the tables. They don't even serve Moscow Mules in the copper mugs to strangers anymore. "You only get one if we know you," says Smelt.
"People bring us a lot of quirky tchotkes," says Hopkins. Those are swiped as quickly as they come. Things have gotten so ridiculous, that when Hopkins was recently meeting with a carpenter to carve out some retail space for t-shirts, the guy was a little shocked when she asked for the shelving to be put so high it could only be reached with a ladder.
Smelt says the thieves have stolen all sorts of glassware, the miniature plastic Bodum French press pots, and even the hand soap from the bathroom. "I'm surprised people haven't taken the light bulbs." So, what's the number one most popular thing people steal from Holeman? The handcrafted cocktail menus. "It's like our unofficial souvenir. I have to make more every week."
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