Garin is no innocent in the not always pleasant ways of restaurant reviews and business profiles; his resume includes Maxwell Plum, Neiman-Marcus, DV8, TownsEnd, and Cafe Du Nord. But the Examiner's treatment of his restaurant moved him to send a two-page, single-spaced letter to Phil Bronstein, executive editor of the Ex, in mid-June. (Garin claims that the story came about after Bronstein visited Blowfish and tasted the northern puffer there; attempts to contact Bronstein and Haddock for comment last week were unsuccessful.)
As of last week, Garin said, he hadn't heard a reply.
But Garin didn't write expecting an answer: "Maybe Bronstein puts it up on the newsroom wall and says, 'Don't ever do this again.'