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Thursday, March 1, 2012

When restaurants let their employees drink for free...

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For years, I've heard from restaurant employees about what some regard as a hazard and others consider a benefit of their work: free booze.

An apparent such practice has led the family of a man killed in an auto accident to sue Charleston's popular Husk restaurant. The wrongful-death suit charges that the restaurant allowed one of its managers, Joseph Burnell, to get sloppy-drunk after closing and head home in his car. Then, police say, Burnell drove his car into the rear of Quentin Miller's car, resulting in his fiery death.

Husk's owners have not commented on the lawsuit.

The restaurant has been widely lauded as one of the South's best since its opening last year, although they've had a tough month criticism-wise in February.

(H/T: Elliott Mackle, former AJC and Creative Loafing dining critic.)

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