08 Apr 2010 @ 10:07 PM 

So here’s the thing.  The Critic and I eat out a lot.  We have a large brood, so therefore, the places we tend to frequent are those that are family-friendly.  We place a very high level of importance on “FAMILY FRIENDLY”.  (Which is not to say we don’t love to sneak away to decidedly grown-up establishments like Le Voltaire every chance we get, but THAT is another post!)

One of the restaurants we have frequented for many, many years is King Kong fast food.  I am not going to link to that restaurant, because as of this moment, I will not give that restaurant another PENNY of our hard-earned money.  While the establishment prides themselves on gigantic burgers and gyros, their claim to be a “Family oriented” restaurant (it says so right on their website!) could not have been further from the truth based on our experience today.

SO I’m not going to talk about their food, or their cute little gorillas outside, or their stuffed animals inside.  Instead I am going to relay to you exactly what happened to us this afternoon, at approximately 4:15 pm, when a friend and I decided to take our daughters to King Kong for burgers and gyros after a day at the zoo.  (If you’re local – you’ll know exactly which King Kong we were at, since it’s RIGHT THERE by the zoo.) 

We ordered our food, and sat down.  My friend and I, both women in our thirties, were there with four of our daughters, who ranged in age from 16 to 1.  Apparently it was “teach each other Spanish cuss words day” behind the counter, as the staff behind the counter kept shouting things such as “puta madre!”, and other curse phrases.  My friend and I kept trying to give them the motherly glare, and my friend even at one point yelled “Shut up!  We can hear you!”

Well, this was not enough to get the potty-mouths behind the counter to stop, and my 16-year-old, who had heard enough, stood up and went to the counter.  She told the guys we could hear them, and that we DO understand what they are saying.  The guy behind the counter said “SO?”  She explained to him that there are CHILDREN present, and they UNDERSTAND what those words mean.  The guy behind the counter (apparently the manager?) says “Ok”, and as my SIXTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER turned away, he called her a bitch. 

SO.

I don’t know about you, but I do not find that terribly family oriented. 

And we WILL NOT spend another penny there.  EVER. 

If you want gyros?  My first pick is Jim & Jennie’s Greek Village.  Greek Islands (who doesn’t have a website), or Feta’s are good too. 

Burgers?  Dude, there’s a million places, but I’m LOVING Smashburger lately.

Just do me a favor…don’t take your kids to King Kong unless you want them to walk away knowing how to say “mother f—er” in Spanish.

Posted By: The Critical Wife
Last Edit: 09 Apr 2010 @ 03:58 PM

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  1. Greg Bullard says:

    I think the owners need to know about that, not just the on shift manager. That’s beyond uncalled for and edging clearly into abusive behavior. I can guarantee the owners wouldn’t accept that either.

  2. Tim says:

    I’ll be calling the original King Kong location to let them know about your review. Very sad for several reasons. I’ve never been to that location and now I never will.

    BTW: Your links for Jim & Jennie’s and Feta’s need to be fixed.

  3. Ren says:

    When I sent them an e-mail about what happened, they said they would “investigate”.. I get the feeling they will ask “did you do that?” they will say “no” and that will be the end of it.. Oh well, like The Critical Wife said, I will not go there again, and I sure as heck won’t let my girls go..

  4. Nooooo! I hate it when I link wrong!

  5. WHEW! All fixed. Thanks for letting me know, Tim.

  6. Sharon says:

    Never been to one and thanks to this heads up I never will.

  7. This really bothers me. It’s one thing to screw up like this and then apologize, it’s another to know you did wrong and then actually be torqued that someone had the guts to stand up to you and tell you it’s wrong. On top of it, call a 16 year old girl a bizitch because you’re not man enough to admit they’re wrong. King Kong, has been for a long time, been a guilty pleasure of mine.

    Double Kong and Fries used to be my “thing”.

    Bad move man… bad move. I will be talking to my co-workers and other Omaha Foodies and Bloggers about this. Anyone know of any Lincoln food Bloggers we can pass the word to?

    A word to my daughter: I am very proud of the guts that you showed and the moral fiber that you had to go up to a group of older men and EXPECT them to be respectful in a “family” oriented establishment. You make your old man more and more proud of you every day.

    ~TOC (Waving goodbye to what used to be a good friend)

  8. Cam says:

    Tsk tsk….good to know and hopefully the owners do something about it.

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