- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A longtime food blogger in Maine has been banned from three restaurants after reviewing a restaurant when the owners asked him not to.

John Golden, author of the blog The Golden Dish, received the notice via email last week from the owners of Hugo’s, Eventide and The Honey Paw.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1ATI4HB ) reports the email references a conversation in which Arlin Smith, one of the owners, warned Golden not to write about his visit. The email also mentions Golden’s May 1 review, which the owners say was overwhelmingly positive.

Taylor and Wiley said Monday they find Golden and his writing unprofessional.

Golden, who currently blogs for MaineToday.com, says he isn’t surprised because they had given him an ultimatum, but called the decision to ban him “ridiculous.”

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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