Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Empire Biscuit has to be closed today on National Biscuit Day



Well, that sucks.

In a subsequent Facebook comment, the folks at Empire Biscuit say they will now have to do the cooking for volunteers of AIDS Walk New York from one of their apartments.

And later:

"As far as National Biscuit Day festivities, we'd planned to serve everything on the menu for $1 for 1 hour on Wednesday night. Party, right? (We'lll probably be having a cleaning party instead.) Maybe we'll go ahead with it one day next week, but for now we've got a lot of nonsense to deal with."

Empire Biscuit is at 198 Avenue A.


[Photo by Kristy Splendorio via Facebook]

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

A "guest" who was probably scoffing biscuits while totally inebriated at the wee hours of the night is my guess.

Anonymous said...

All part of the drunk fun right.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you stay open all night to cater to the neighborhood drunks. I wish they would re-think this strategy. Why not build their business serving the locals?

Anonymous said...

"National Biscuit Day". The fact that that day exists makes my eyes roll.

Gojira said...

All together now - "whooooo caaaaares?!?

Anonymous said...

Why is "guest" in "quotation marks"? Even if this "guest" is an "asshole," they're still a "guest" of yours, Empire Biscuits. Anyway sorry for your ... "chemical flood" or whatever?

Things like National Biscuit Day are why 50% of Americans are overweight and 50% of that 50% are clinically obese. Between Empire and those Brooklyn Pigs across the street, we may have to name A b/t 12th and 13th Diabetes Ave.

Trixie said...

Just about every day of the year is National something or other Day. Today is actually National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. www.tfdutch.com/food.htm

Anonymous said...

When did customers become (paying) "guests"? When I have guests over I don't hand them a bill when they are leaving. This is the brainchild of corporate America and no doubt the genius that came up with the idea got promoted to a corner office.

Empire Biscuit said...

EB here. The fellow that pulled the fire suppression system is 37 years old and lives on 12th St. The incident occurred around 10PM. The police said he "appeared to be sober."

Anonymous said...

Disney was the first major corporation to employ the term "guests" for their customers. It was 20 or so years ago. Yes, of course it is meant to be a management psychological trick. (and yes, the folks at Disney ended up with corner offices and speaking tours on their management style).

It makes sense that guys who use friends in PR and fake yelp reviews to create false hype and "buzz" would use the term.

Anonymous said...

And?

11:55 am said...

"appeared to be sober.", again in quotations.

As the Biscuits Turn

TRED said...

I had a dream last night that involved a biscuit. True story.

Anonymous said...

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Drunk. Pull Fire Alarm. Closed.

IzF said...

What is a fire suppression system?

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

They have a handle that releases a chemical agent in the restaurant any time a "guest" feels inclined?

IzF said...

How did the "guest" gain access to the fire suppression system trigger?
Did the "guest" go in the kitchen or is it just out there in the open for any "guest" to pull?
This is so confusing.

Anonymous said...

What kind of jerk would do such a thing? I am not a fan of them catering to the drunk crowd with that stupid tagline of theirs, but it isn't cool to damage someone's property.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of health and safety issues. Speaking of which- cooking in one of their apartments? Aren't they suppose to be using a kitchen that has been inspected and is up tp code, etc? Do they have permission from the health dept for this?

robertdaniel12 said...

God what a bunch of assholes you people are. Whatever you may think of these guys they aren't doing anything wrong besides trying to make a living. Obviously by "guest" they are being polite about saying a random crazy person pulled their emergency trigger and set off their fire suppression system.
It's obviously causing them financial hardship and a big pain in the ass, so how about be human beings and give them a break.
They don't even sell booze. They sell fucking biscuits.

robertdaniel12 said...

IzF:
I've never been inside but from the outside it looks pretty small, so I'm assuming the handle or whatever is within reach of the counter.

Anonymous said...

This non-story has already been "reported" on by NYMag. It could not be more "obvious" that the biscuiteers have a "friend" over at Grub Street. Also, LOL with me at the copy, won't you?

... some killjoy "customer" went and pulled the fire suppression system at Empire Biscuit in the East Village

Unnecessary quotes: "everyone" is doin' it!

bowboy said...

All of this could have been avoided had they not used the word "Drunk" in their marketing. An amateur, immature mistake. It says to the local residents that they want to acerbate the area's biggest problem. It required no liquor license to dis’ the entire neighborhood. Just that one word. Very unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

I am a local resident since 1994. I like biscuits. I like booze.

Anonymous said...

And the word "Drunk" is the glaring red flag of a greater attitude problem here.

Crazy Eddie said...

Your mother sucks biscuits in hell!

Big Brother said...

I feel much better knowing that any "guest" can walk in and set off a dirty bomb supplied by the biscuiteers.

Anonymous said...

So many haters! Their food's good and I've never run into a wooo there any time I've gone.

If you're still upset about them serving late go kill yourself. This is New York, suck it the fuck up.

Anonymous said...

1:28, 5:15, 7:35 YES and I was born here so lay off, xenophobes!

Anonymous said...

By the way, yes, this is New York. We don't eat biscuits here, we eat bagels. Suck that up!

Crazy Eddie said...

Anony 7.35 PM. Where do we begin? First of all, the “haters” line. Hick alert! And this “If you're still upset about them serving late go kill yourself. This is New York, suck it the fuck up.”

What the fuck do you know about New York? Biscuits? Ray’s and Veselka ARE New York AND they serve late. Give me an order of Ray’s fries and dogs any day of the week over your bearded wonder’s overpriced biscuits. $6.25 for a bacon, cheese and egg sandwich? Does Ray advertise DRUNK on his awning or window? Does Veselka? I really don’t give shit about Biscuit Empire, that will succeed or fail on their own but this whole “_____” game is BS, just say an A-Hole damaged our store around 10 PM, he is being prosecuted (this is right, EB?) and we will be open once the damage is repaired. Done.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you let commenters with 'hick', 'asshole' and telling people to kill themselves but a shot at the biscuit boys' ladies, you won't let through? Maybe you've been suckered with their bs and biscuits. Maybe Emmpire biscuits is now sponsoring this blog, which makes sense with all the coverage it's been getting. Arbitrary and obnoxious, no different than the way this place is run.

Scuba Diva said...

"The other night I had a ricochet biscuit; that's the kind of a biscuit that's supposed to bounce off the wall into your mouth. If it don't bounce back…you go hongry."

Giovanni said...

Maybe their new brand name should be Empire "Biscuits," since like the word "Drunk" in their tagline, they really don't seem to mean for us to take their "biscuits" literally either.

Anonymous said...

How much longer will this circus be in town for? Isn't it time for them to pack up and move on to Delaware already?

Anonymous said...

Who the f' eats biscuits??? This is the North, correct?

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:20 pm, aren't we a melting pot? If anyone is missing Empire Biscuits (doesn't sound like it...) or wants to celebrate National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, "Joy of Cooking" has an excellent recipe. Its not hard.
(ex-South)

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I grew up down south, and avoid all of these hipster 'southern' spots like the plague. The proper way to eat biscuits in the AM is smothered in red eye gravy and crumbled up sausage. Its heart attack food. Same goes for these awful chicken joints. Southern fried chicken isn't brined, ever, and is cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Walter said...

"What kind of jerk would do such a thing?"

You should walk down 2nd Avenue around 11 PM some time. It's pretty bad from Monday - Wednesday, Forget about weekends.

Anonymous said...


Apparently the poor bastard who pulled the thing was looking for a bathroom!
Biscuit Boys, pack it in already.
Staff (if you can find them)
outweigh customers,
you can't get it right as to how to make a biscuit, with any consistency.
The neighborhood hates you.
Chalk it up to experience and move on, and make the next project that much better.
Your bald spot is only going to get bigger. While you still have your hair, and dignity- if you had any in the first place, shadowed by your over-arching hubris.
The writing is on the wall.
Just go already.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would close permanently. because of them, I complained about the noise from their equipment- I'm going to be evicted and lose my home. I have been through hell since they opened. lived here 20 years. native new yorker. artist. endangered species. because my landlord rented to big talking loser bros. this city is a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Empire Biscuit your exhaust fan is too loud. I wish you would close down already.

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Anonymous said...

I wish Empire Biscuit would close for good. The noise and vibrations from their restaurant equipment has made me ill. I wish I could move. But being ill, I am trapped. Please go away already so I can have some PEACE.