Scales & Tails opened their doors in the North Beach section of San Francisco in June of 2016. There was little to no fanfare and the reviews were average at best. The pricey rents of the neighborhood put Scales & Tails on the brink of closure…until its owners hatched an idea.
“We did away with dishes, y’know, plates and bowls and whatnot,” said Alberto Ferrari, part owner. “If dishes don’t break, we don’t have to replace them, and that reduces costs. We also don’t have to pay a dishwasher.”
Certainly, without dishes, there is no need for a dishwasher. So how is the food served?
“We’ve employed a good number of the homeless, while offering diners a fairly unique experience,” says Esmeralda Ferrari, another part owner and Alberto’s daughter.
Yes, the food at Scales & Tails is served on the bodies of lower-income residents of San Francisco. The steak au poivre is brought from the kitchen on someone’s back, the salmon croquettes are served atop someone’s head, and the cream of asparagus is spooned from a pair of cupped hands.
The steak au poivre is brought from the kitchen on someone’s back, the salmon croquettes are served atop someone’s head, and the cream of asparagus is spooned from a pair of cupped hands by diners.
“This is a very tough economy to be living in,” commented Alberto, “The least we can do is provide an opportunity for those who need to supplement their income, while also serving high-quality food to our crowds.”
The ethical issue of serving food on top of poor people is sure to raise eyebrows, but the Ferrari’s don’t seem to think much of it. When asked if placing a pair of scalding hot shepherd’s pies on the shoulders of a man simply known as Jet-21 can be harmful, Esmeralda replied:
“You are a small minded person and I wish you to leave now!” Then, she brandished a knife to my torso.
As for the server’s who work there, they do consist of people who have fallen on hard circumstances, but also include recent college grads, struggling artists, moonlighting interns, former addicts, ex-cons, minorities, and a host of others who exist in a system predicated on these individuals having zero chances to reverse their fortunes in order to prop up the upper class.
Scales & Tails is accepting reservations Tuesday through Sunday!
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