Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a terrible impression on California restaurant owner John Kinston last week. Sanders arrived at John’s Grill, an 111-year-old San Francisco bistro with about 15 members of his staff. Konstin told Politico, “It was all very nice, except for rude and cranky Bernie…He didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture. No campaign face…He wasn’t nice to any of the staff.”
Most significantly, Konstin said, “He lost my vote.”
This restaurant is a favorite among San Francisco politicians and it was especially busy last Thursday night because the DNC’s summer meeting was being held in the city.
Konstin told Politico that he “hosted a full house, including a big party with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, all led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was “pure class.”
Lee Housekeeper, the restaurant’s media contact, told Sfgate that “it’s uncharacteristic for Konstin to speak ill of his restaurant patrons…Bernie had to be in a terrible mood. Anyone in the public eye needs to understand when it’s time to order room service.”
Housekeeper added that, “Sanders left a tip and his wife apologized as the group was leaving the restaurant.”
Sfgate reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had visited San Francisco in June for the 2019 California Democratic Convention and dined with her staff at Ayala in Union Square’s Hotel G.
Ayala’s General Manager Alexandra Loulias said, “She was absolutely wonderful and came into our kitchen. So complimentary of our staff. She took individual photos with everyone. Just the nicest lady.”
Take that Bernie. Manners matter.