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Internet scammers unleash a deluge of one-star reviews at a Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago

Internet scammers unleash a deluge of one-star reviews at a Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago

While restaurants in Chicago continue to try to pick up the pieces and move on after more than two years of pandemic turmoil, a frustrating new obstacle has emerged for hospitality operators: cyber hackers, some of whom seek to extract money from their targets. The Sochi Saigonese Kitchen, the regional Vietnamese restaurant in Lakeview that was named Michelin’s 2022 Bib Gourmand list, is the last local place to end up in a virtual battle.

Over the past 10 days, Sochi has been flooded with a series of one-star Google reviews that have driven down the overall rating, according to an employee who posted in a private Facebook group for members of the Chicago hospitality industry. Last Wednesday morning, the employee writes, owners Chinh Pham and Son Do received an email from a person claiming responsibility for the tangle of negative reviews and demanding a $ 75 Google Play gift card to stop the flood of bad reviews. “We sincerely apologize for our actions and do not want to harm your business, but we have no choice,” the email, reviewed by Eater. “The fact is that we live in India and see no other way to survive.” Pham and Do’s attempts to contact Google have so far failed.

Other members of this unhappy club of restaurant owners under digital siege include Bien Trucha Group, owner of four restaurants in the western suburbs. In June, hackers used a phishing scam to gain access to the group’s Facebook page, collecting thousands of dollars in fees for cryptocurrency ads and posting nude photos to the technology chief’s personal page. Although Facebook initially did not respond to the group’s inquiries, Bien Trucha’s page was fixed after the publication of a Tribune the story of the saga. Ocaso, a Mexican restaurant on Logan Square, also fell victim to phishing scammers who wreaked havoc with their reservation system last winter, shutting down online orders on the site and creating a fake Facebook page for the restaurant.

Oriole named one of the 100 best restaurants in the world

Oriole, the West Loop tasting menu restaurant by Noah and Cara Sandoval, debuts on the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants at number 91. Yes, that number is greater than 50; despite the name, the list goes up to 100, and the release of the back cover is a teaser for the numbers 1-50, which will be revealed later. At the moment, Oriole is the only Chicago restaurant on the list and one of only five in the United States.

Chefs work in a large open kitchen with a collage roof.

Oriole has just been named one of the world’s 100 best restaurants.
Garrett Sweet / Eater Chicago

Roscoe Village Burger Fest is back

Roscoe Village Burger Fest returns to Belmont Avenue between Greenview and Lincoln next weekend, 15-17. July, following a pandemic hiatus, reports Block Club. Ten local restaurants will be vying for the title of Chicago’s Best Burger – but oddly enough, several of them, including Byron’s Hot Dogs and Lola’s Coney Island, are not known for their burgers. There will also be music and children’s activities; suggested entrance is $ 10.

West Town brewers celebrate beer, jam bands

In other festival news, Dancing in the Streets Fest, with beer and jam bands, will take place 5.-7. August in West Town, on Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood, reports Block Club. It was started by On Tour Brewing founder Mark Legenza, a fan of Grateful Dead; Other participating breweries include Forbidden Root, Midwest Coast, Great Central, Finch Beer and Goose Island.

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