Cyber ​​crooks unleash a deluge of 1-star reviews on a Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago

As Chicago restaurants continue to try to pick things up and move on after more than two years of pandemic turmoil, a frustrating new hurdle has emerged for hospitality operators: cyber hackers, some of whom are seeking to make money off their targets. Sochi Saigonese Kitchen, the regional Vietnamese restaurant in Lakeview that has been named to the Michelin 2022 Bib Gourmand, is the latest local venue to find itself stuck in a hypothetical struggle.

Over the past 10 days, the city of Sochi has been inundated with a series of one-star Google ratings that have sent its overall ratings down, according to an employee who posted to a private Facebook group for members of the Chicago hospitality industry. Last Wednesday morning, the employee wrote that owners Chinh Pham and Son Do received an email from an individual claiming responsibility for a barrage of negative reviews and demanding a $75 Google Play gift card to stop the flow of bad reviews. “We sincerely apologize for our actions, we will not wish to harm your business but we have no other choice,” reads the email reviewed by Eater. “The truth is that we live in India and see no other way to survive.” Pham and Do’s efforts to contact Google have so far been unsuccessful.

Other members of this unhappy club of restaurateurs under digital siege include Bien Trucha Group, which owns four restaurants in the western suburbs. In June, hackers used a scam to gain access to the group’s Facebook page, collected thousands of dollars in fees for cryptocurrency ads, and posted nude photos on the tech chief’s profile. Although Facebook initially did not respond to the group’s inquiries, the Bien Trucha page was fixed after posting platform Epic story. Ocaso, a Mexican restaurant in Logan Square, fell victim to phishing scammers who wreaked havoc on its reservation system last winter, shutting down online orders on its website, and creating a fake Facebook page for the restaurant.

Oriol was named one of the 100 best restaurants in the world

Oriol, the West Loop tasting menu restaurant by Noah and Cara Sandoval, debuted on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at number 91. Yes, that number is over 50; Despite its name, the list goes up to 100, and the back-end version is a teaser for numbers 1 to 50, which will be revealed later. Currently, Oriole is the only Chicago restaurant on the list and one of only five restaurants in the United States.

Oriole has just been named one of the 100 best restaurants in the world.
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The return of Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The Roscoe Village Burger Fest returns to Belmont Street between Greenview and Lincoln next weekend, July 15-17, after a pandemic hiatus, the Block Club reports. Ten local restaurants will compete for the title of best burger in Chicago — though, oddly enough, many of them, including Byron Hot Dogs and Lola’s Coney Island, are not known for their burgers. There will also be music and activities for children. Suggested admission is $10.

Westtown brewers celebrate beer and jam teams

In other festival news, the Street Dance Festival, featuring beer and jam teams, will take place August 5-7 in Westtown, on Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood, Block Club reports. It was instigated by On Tour Brewing founder Mark Legenza, a Grateful Dead fan; Other participating breweries include Forbidden Root, Midwest Coast, Great Central, Finch Beer, and Goose Island.

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