Yelp users with profiles from Texas, Missouri and California are attacking the Hideout with one-star reviews, some aimed at the Chicago bar’s COVID policies.
Why it matters: The one-star reviews appear to be an organized campaign to protest the club’s policy of checking vaccination cards and enforcing the state mask mandate.
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Between the lines: This comes after the club owners reported white supremacist and anti-vax vandalism to the Hideout in October.
What they’re saying: A reviewer from Spicewood, Texas, complained of “horrible service,” while one from Kansas City, Missouri, said “all the employees were rude and harassing everyone.”
The other side: Last week, Hideout supporters from Chicago jumped onto Yelp to counter the negative reviews.
“Do not believe all these conveniently-recent one-star reviews,” said Matt G. from Chicago.
“One of my favorite venues in Chicago” — Sussanah S.
“This was 9 yo’s first post-vaccine stop!” — Carmin B.
“Always a welcoming place” — Eric Z.
“Someone’s got it in for the Hideout” — Helen T.
Of note: Co-owners Tim and Katie Tuten declined to comment at this time.
Editor’s note: Axios Chicago held monthly Office Hours events at the Hideout this fall.
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