Slippery Noodle Inn GM Marty Bacon defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he’s attempting to get a local competitor shut down for health code violations.
Bacon came under fire after posting a video to Facebook of people at the Rathskeller’s Biergarten blatantly violating Marion County’s public health mandate related to COVID-19.
“Hey Rathskeller, get your (expletive) together,” Bacon wrote in a post. “We all need to be on the same page.”
“The city has given us the parameters we need to work within, 50 percent capacity, a six-foot distance from tables or face masks and in this video none of that is happening,” he added.
Bacon, who’s been labeled a ‘snitch’ by online critics, told WIBC’s Hammer and Nigel show that local restaurants and “live” music venues have a responsibility to police each other.
“[In the era of COVID-19], live music venues will the last to open back up and the first to be shut down,” Bacon explained. “And if [Mayor Hogsett] decides to do that, he’s not going to go one-by-one. He’s just going to go across the board. So we all have to be on the same page.
Like it or not, says Bacon, Indianapolis businesses have to follow the mandates put forth by the city.
“These are the hoops we have to jump through,” he said. “And I don’t consider other ‘live’ music venues a competitor. We’re all in this together; we’re kindred spirits. It’s a very limited gene pool of ‘live’ music venues, and we know each other.”
Bacon added that he never called for the Rathskeller to be shut down.
“What I basically said in my post was for the Rathskeller to get on the same page with the rest of us.”
Click below to hear Hammer and Nigel’s full interview with Slippery Noodle Inn GM Marty Bacon.