Updated: Corktown's Red Corridor Bar lashes out at negative reviewers on Facebook


Red Corridor in Corktown. - MT FILE PHOTO.
  • MT file photo.
  • Red Corridor in Corktown.

Updated 4:49 p.m., Monday, May 8:

Red Corridor issued an apology on Friday, May 5.


Original post:

The rule of thumb in the restaurant scene is that the customer is always right, but for Corktown's Red Corridor Bar, the old saying seems to have been thrown completely out the window.

Facebook user Ann Anderson posted a review of the restaurant on Tuesday. In her review, Anderson says the bar made her "feel very weird" and found menu items like "basic bitch salad" and "happy hour menu for bitches" to be strange.

  • Screenshot from Facebook.

The response she got from the bar on Facebook, however, was a little harsh to say the least:

  • Screenshot from Facebook.

Anderson's husband, Maffahue Anderson, also left a review of the restaurant on Facebook. Maffahue tells MT that he originally left a 2-star review because he didn't want to "completely shit on their business," but after owner and operator Johnny Vasquez Irwin replied to his review, he changed his rating to a 1 star.

  • Screenshot from Facebook.

Irwin went on to call Anderson a "bitch" and to go "somewhere else that likes fucking assholes!!!!" in the comment section below the review.

The Red Corridor Bar opened late last year in the former Casey's Pub. It's not the first time the bar has courted controversy: The space was originally going to be called "Hoffa's Hideout," but a partner backed out following a backlash to the name, after which Irwin took over, changing the name to Red Corridor Bar.

In the past 24 hours, the bar has received fourteen 1-star reviews, most complaining about the rude owner and how the bar is fond of the word "bitch."

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.