Tess gets the last word in today’s Times Union:
[Tess] Collins, the refreshingly blunt owner of Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany, cares deeply for her customers; she loves to make them happy with food and drink. She’s liberal with beverage rounds on the house, has used past customer complaints as suggestions to improve business and is known for distributing free appetizers to tables that wait overlong for entrees. But she has her limit.
“I may not agree with them, but I’ll still try to do something to make things better for them,” Collins says. “But if I think they’re handling themselves poorly, if they’re getting abusive to my staff, I’ll tell them, ‘I don’t want to see you again.'”
And as I said that night, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that Mother Judge would be closing out the evening by singing about my “big black behind.”