The Untold Truth Of Ed Debevic's

Chicago's notorious eatery Ed Debevic's was founded back in 1984. According to Eater, this was the brainchild of Lettuce Entertain You's co-founder Rich Melman and the restaurant was famously known for its snarky service. The diner was filled with some tongue-in-the-cheek prompts like "Eat and get out" and "Tipping is not a city in China." Seriously. 

According to the brand's website, the eatery was quintessentially retro and was a massive throwback to the 1950s. Customers can expect to be served burgers, chili, salads, hot dogs, milkshakes, ice cream sundae, and all day breakfast options with "a side order of sass." The eatery doesn't believe in old-school customer service and its patrons aren't treated to words like "please" or "thank you."

A 1980s piece in the Los Angeles Times took its readers along for a trip to the notorious restaurant's funky dining experience. It noted that its service staff are required to land their positions and were an eclectic mix of characters who were a far cry from the waiters and waitresses at other eateries. For example, one of the servers was a former beauty queen who sported a tiara and said, "Once a queen, always a queen." Say what? The diner was known for its unique offerings such as the "world's smallest hot fudge sundae" which was basically a tiny bowl of ice cream that didn't need more than a couple of bites to finish. The eatery was so popular that there were massive waiting times during peak hours.

It courted controversy

As reported by Time, the restaurant got a lot of attention in 2015 when a video of a rude staff member went viral. In the video, the waitress left no stone unturned to tell her customers things like they were being cheap by choosing to drink just water. She also revealed that she'd probably be given the pink slip if she was nice to her customers. "If I was nice to you, I'd get canned," she said. "If you want good service, you go somewhere else. I know Hooters is probably more your speed but you came here on purpose." Gulp.

A commentator on Reddit rooted for the restaurant's concept and pointed that it served as a great platform for those who were in the improv community. They also wrote that they found the dining experience fun and it especially worked if you decided to visit with a big group. As per Eater, the restaurant briefly closed in 2015 because of a new apartment tower that was being built. 

Everything said and done, Ed Debevic's has managed to get many famous figures interested in its dining services over the years such as former President Barack Obama, actors Goldie Hawn and Rosie O'Donnell, and musician and actor Usher.