Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Darkwatch rising 23
Restaurant Under Fire For Menu
by Carteeg Struve, Staff Writer
Palanthas – Keevan Keplar (54), proprietor of the Bayside Flame seafood restaurant located near the port, has drawn criticism for adding what he calls a more draconian-friendly section to his menu. "I don't see what the problem is," he told the Herald. "Most dracs I deal with come in from Teyr and are good folks. Even more of them adventuring sort pass through the harbor day after day. They tip well too. What's wrong with me catering to my cliental?"
"It's insulting to me and my people," said local elven street-resident Jendirial Dorialninan (327). "I had to fight off these beasts not more than 75 years ago, and now everyone wants to treat them like they aren't some sort of wizard's evil experiment. This establishment is making a mockery of the elven race!"
Trong (82), a bozak who refers to himself as 'a free-lance dungeoneer', had a different opinion. "It'sss (certainly) great. Even if the food isssn't exactly like what I have at home, it'sss the bessst the human citiesss have to offer."
This isn't the first time Keplar had trouble with his own menu. A few years ago, a number of faithful protested when he had named one of his meals Zeboim's Children. The platter was an extra large combo plate of various fish, clams, and shrimp. Included with the bill was a seasoned sea turtle egg.
The entrée that is currently drawing the most gripes is the Elven Stew. Although the menu clearly states that it is not made from real elves, Keplar admits that the name is a joke based on the rumors, although many claim it as fact, that draconians ate the elves they captured during the wartimes of the mid 4th century.
Trong was asked if the item's name insulted him by casting a negative stereotype on his people. "Sssteero-what? Hey, I got a good laugh from it. Why ssshould the elfsss complain? It'sss not actually elf, and they already have their own menu sssection all to themssselvesss," he said gesturing to the salad listings.
"I can't believe they're complaining about it," said Keplar. "Humph, forget them. Business is up, and they never were my customers anyway. Most elves can't afford to pay the prices. Look, I have never done anything, anytime, anywhere to insult the elves. They're a good people. Why would I even think of doing anything to make fun of them, directly or indirectly."
When asked what the elf in Elven Stew was, Keplar hesitated and coughed before finally answering in a mutter, "Free ranged chicken. Two parts white meat. One part dark."