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Terrible experience at MJ’s

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I had heard a lot of bad things about MJ’s Jazz Lounge before I even walked through the door on Thursday night.

The manner in which they fired top chef Domenica Macchia, in which they basically hired her to design a four-star menu, which she did, and then fired her soon after the restaurant’s opening, did not sit well with me or many others in the restaurant community.

Still, I had heard good things about the food. This may have been due Macchia’s lingering influence. Not that I will ever know. I walked in late Thursday and was greeted by an empty host stand. From there I was ignored by two bartenders in favor of a couple of douchebags dressed worse than out-of-work golf pros. Perhaps my reputation had preceded me. Whatever it was, I gave up after fifteen minutes of nursing a warm, listless martini. But I didn’t leave without a parting shot to the Chef. “I was a culinary school student last year, I was a GM and I’ve been in the restaurant business most of my life. And this was the worst welcoming I’ve ever received from a bar. You’ll be out of business by the end of the year.”

So avoid MJ’s. They started off screwing over their staff and have only proceeded to do worse since then.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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