The owner of the now infamous DK Oyster in Mykonos Dimitrios Kalamaras, has come out swinging reports the New York Post citing an interview he gave to Kennedy News.
According to the media report Kalamaras has suggested that many of his accusers and disgruntled customers are infact 'influencers' who failed to score a free meal.
“Unfortunately, all of us who work in the hospitality sector have been approached by notorious ‘influencers’ who, instead of making their living by advertising products and services to their audience, they put pressure on certain businesses for exorbitant fees and free meals,” Kalamaras told Kennedy News.
“In DK Oyster we have advertised in the ways we consider suitable for our restaurant and we will not succumb to the influencers who have been attracted to the beautiful island of Mykonos,” he continued.
As reported recently by Greek City Times the restaurant has been accused of bullying tactics, not giving customers menus and surprising them with inflated bills, such in the case of Canadian newlyweds Alex and Lindsay Breen who said they were hit with a $410 for one beer, one cocktail and a dozen oysters.
But DK Oyster owner Dimitrios Kalamaras rebuked the accusation.
“This person who is trying to get famous through Instagram posts under the name of Lindsay Breen starts with a lie,” he said of Breen, who works as a recruiter.
“She claims that she ‘repeatedly asked for a cocktail menu,’ and adds that ‘the server didn’t seem to want to provide one.’ Despite that, she placed an order. An influencer, an experienced well-traveled person who makes a living through their experiences in the world did what most adults in the right mind would not do, ordered drinks and food from a waiter who refused to present a menu,” Kalamaras insisted.
“This false claim has been used so much against our restaurant by dozens of anonymous users in Tripadvisor, that we decided to place three huge blackboards by the entrance of the restaurant displaying the menu and the prices,” he said
Nonetheless, as previously reported by Greek City Times, the Cyclades Regional Tourism Agency investigated the restaurant and fined it fine of €31,000 for tax compliance irregularities.