Grind & Grape Bans Customer of 2 Years for Sharing Bad Review

Grind + Grape bans customer for sharing a review in Vero Beach, Florida.
Grind + Grape bans customer for sharing a review in Vero Beach, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – Grind & Grape in Vero Beach has banned people for sharing a recent Sebastian Daily review that wrote about their bad service.

“I shared your article Friday morning. I did not expect to receive messages at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning from staff members saying I am banned for sharing the article,” the customer said. The customer wishes to remain anonymous, but we do have the screenshots of the chat between them and a Grind & Grape employee.

There are four others who were also allegedly banned. One of them wrote Grind + Grape a long apology “begging for forgiveness” to return, according to the patron.

An employee told the customer “You’re banned from Grind. Sorry” and “You shouldn’t have shared that review buddy.”

The customer asked, “Are the other 700 people and the writer of the article banned too?” The staff member replied “Yes,” and “You’re a friend of the place, you should’ve been defending period.”

The customer said they’ve been going to Grind & Grape in Vero Beach for two years now with friends.

“It appears this place would rather coerce people out of their Freedom of Speech, rather than improving the business,” the customer added.

The ban comes after Sebastian Daily published a Grind & Grape review about their bad service, bartenders lashing out at customers, and people being served ahead of others because of favoritism.

“Grind & Grape in Vero Beach is lacking experienced management which leaves the staff undertrained. The one bar is understaffed, the cocktail servers on the patio are unable to keep up with orders and are seen carrying empty glasses one by one to the kitchen,” the review said.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.