Alexandre Callet recently applied for a loan to open up a second restaurant in Paris. It did not go well. He was denied the loan, and says the bankers he dealt with treated him ‘like a dog’.
So Callet decided to take matters into his own hands, placing a chalkboard outside of his restaurant, Les Ecuries de Richlieu, that read: ‘Dogs welcome, bankers banned (unless they pay an entry fee of €70,000)’.
If you haven’t worked it out yet, the banker entry fee is the amount he wanted to borrow.
Callet said his eatery is successful, so who knows if his ruthless plan will work.
‘I believe in reciprocity’, he said. ‘I had to respond. If you hit me, I’ll hit you. As soon as I see a banker that I recognize I won’t let them enter my restaurant. They have treated me like a dog, so I have denied them access…
‘This is not just a kebab shop. My restaurant is in the Michelin guide and film stars come in here. A lot of bankers who turned me down know me. They come in here’.
Seven years ago Callet was turned down 20 times before a bank gave him the loan for his first restaurant. We’ll keep you posted if he gets his second loan.
But in the meantime, can someone try taking their dog into this fancy restaurant to see what happens?
Via The Mirror