Woman says restaurant called her 'fat' on Facebook


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston woman says a local restaurant went way out of bounds after she posted her uncensored opinion online.

Amanda Newman doesn’t want an apology. She says she wants to take a stand to whoever insulted her on Facebook.

It began when she noticed that Maggie Rita’s Tex Mex restaurant had closed another one of its locations. The only location left is one in downtown Houston.

Newman had her own theory about the restaurant’s struggles. She recalls one of its owners being quoted in a Houston food blog.

“You stick a Rita’s on the end of it. You serve them some alcoholic beverages, and they’re fine. It doesn’t matter what the food tastes like,” she said.

Newman said she searched for the restaurant on Facebook and put in her two cents.

“I hopped on Facebook and said, ‘This is the reason why you’re closed. You insulted the greater Houston area,’” she explained.

She expected she’d get some sort of response. The one that came her way, she feels, hit below the belt.

“I check my Facebook page and see the comment, ‘I thought fat people were supposed to be jolly,’” recalled Newman.

That set off a firestorm of feedback. Not everyone was in Newman’s corner.

“It does hurt. I mean, this is who I am. Being overweight is something I deal with on a regular basis,” added Newman.

KHOU11 News reached Maggie Rita’s co-owner Santiago Moreno by telephone.

Moreno said it wasn’t his business that wrote the comment.

“That’s not one of ours. We have two Facebook pages,” he said. “Now I have to sit here and answer to something that has Maggie Rita’s name on it, which we didn’t do.”

Moreno said the Facebook account behind the mean-spirited comment does not belong to Maggie Rita’s

“I saw the comment. We would never do that. I’m way too busy to comment on that,” he said.

Moreno said he’s now trying to get the unofficial account shut down.