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Saturday, November 4, 2023

VIDEO: The Real Milk & Honey restaurant in Atlanta is completely empty after Keith Lee review

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that The Real Milk & Honey restaurant in Atlanta is completely empty after Keith Lee review.

Taking to social media, a woman, shared a video capturing the outdoor hallway of The Real Milk & Honey being empty. 

As we’ve been covering, TikTok influencer Keith Lee has caused quite a stir with his honest opinions about the Atlanta food scene. The social media star, who has amassed over 15 million followers across his social media platforms, shared his experience with Atlanta’s long wait times, condiment surcharges, notoriety favoritism, unconventional business hours, and to-go order debacles.

Lee went on to further explain that his platform and ability to shed light on smaller businesses is based on truth and authenticity, which some people are giving him slack for. The foodie urged restaurants that request his criticism to know that he’ll be honest every time and that he doesn’t expect everyone to be happy or agree with that. However, Lee said he draws the line at threats towards him and his family’s safety, as well as the owners and employees of the places he visits. He continued:

“What can’t happen is when my family’s, or the restaurants’, or anybody’s safety starts coming into play. It’s absolutely overboard…It was so much positive that happened in Atlanta that was shunned by the negative…Imma be 100% transparent and 100% candid, me and my family will postpone touring if other cities go be like this…nobody’s safety should be on the line.”

Keith Lee has been known for his straightforward and blunt food reviews on TikTok — content that’s built him a following 14.5 million deep, and dozens of small business owners have credited him with saving their restaurants. But when Lee and his family made a trip to Atlanta last week for a food tour, drama immediately sparked larger conversations around the city’s food scene, which has become known for its restrictive rules and long wait times. So when Lee pulled up looking to try and rate some food, he found himself focusing more on whether Atlanta’s biggest restaurants have the customer service to back up their online popularity.

How the TikTok Food Critic Accidentally Caused Chaos in Atlanta’s Restaurant Scene.

In the biggest of his nine videos about the city — which have been viewed over 95 million times — Lee expressed that at multiple restaurants, he had a hard time ordering ahead, experienced poor customer service, or his family was initially turned away only to be offered a table when the restaurant realized they were with Lee. Even when he was clear in all of his videos that his reviews were not meant in any way to disrespect the establishments he visited and that he was choosing the restaurants based on outreach or follower recommendations, Lee said his family received callouts from the restaurants that wouldn’t serve him, online threats, and so many negative responses accusing him of tearing down Black-owned businesses that he was hesitant to do another food tour again. His critiques triggered an uproar with many online, as they seemingly have been fed up with Atlanta restaurant policies for some time. However, things took a turn when social media users began leaving 1-star reviews and posting hate comments under some restaurants’ pages based on Lee’s experience. The food tester took to his TikTok account in the aftermath of the situation to address the hateful comments against him, his family, and the restaurants he reviewed. He stated:

“Every restaurant that me and my family go to we were either a) invited by the restaurant themselves or b), we was told about the restaurant a hundred plus times…99% of the time I never go to a random restaurant. With that being said, my opinion was asked for. So many narratives are being pushed, and it’s insane to me.”

Formerly an MMA fighter, Lee has had a swift rise on TikTok starting in 2021, thanks in part to his focus on uplifting small businesses. In his home of Las Vegas and during trips to popular food locales (including Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Chicago), Lee has gone to smaller-owned restaurants that have reached out directly or areas locals have told him are staples in the community to try the food and “rate it one through 10.” After he became a known face, the TikToker began sending his family into restaurants first to ensure he would not be recognized and given special treatment. Following a positive review from Lee, restaurants have reported an immediate uptick in sales, long lines, and new customers excited to try the food. But in Atlanta, the force of Lee’s following was met with an even bigger, immovable force: Atlanta restaurants and their arbitrary rules, which can include things as small as no take-out orders, limits on dine-in times and party size, and as large as changing hours and closing dates without reason or warning.

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