HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The app Yelp is a useful tool to rate your experience with a business, good or bad, and let other potential customers know what the deal is. But International Smoke, a new restaurant, is feeling the heat and a lot of hate. Rockets fans are giving the restaurant a one-star review on Yelp, the lowest possible, all because Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry, is part owner.
Hundreds of reviews stacked up on the website, mainly from Rockets fans wanting the business to pack up and leave. International Smoke, which is set to open on July 5 in Memorial City, is the third location of renowned Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry. Many felt it's a slap in the face for someone associated with the Golden State Warriors to open an establishment in Houston since they knocked us out of the NBA finals.
The 1-star comments are meant as insults to the Golden State Warriors. One reads:
This is absolutely the worst place to go – her husband cheated his way to a championship and now she has the guts to open up a place here?? I would never set foot in this place even if it was the last place on Earth. P.S This restaurant is full of snakes.
Of course Golden State fans clapped back, one saying:
This place tastes like winning. When you come here, you’ll never go 0-27 on threes ever again! This is a place for champions!
The comments were so overwhelming Yelp’s team had to step in and monitor the page, issuing an "active cleanup alert".
We hit the street to ask people in Houston how they felt about this, and many agreed that it's just rude.
“I don’t know. I just think it’s pretty messed up. Man, I don’t know I think they’re being petty about it,” said Victor.
Donna Toscano says, “I mean that’s not right. Business is business, you should be able to come to Houston, to any state you want to and open up your business.”
Shannon Aruh, a rockets fan said, “I think it’s a little immature. I was there at the last game when they took us down, and it hurt, but, it’s just a game. It’s supposed to be fun, what are we teaching our kids how to be a sore loser?”
We reached out to Michael Mina’s people about this incident and are waiting to hear back.