Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative. — Henry Kissinger
I had an important business meeting last weekend with Scene’s Vince Grzegorek at a local watering hole and our server happened to mention that (s)he used to work at XO Steakhouse in Cleveland’s Warehouse District back when it was one of the favorite post-game spots of LeBron James. LeBron’s exploits at XO being a subject of great historical interest, we of course asked some follow-up questions.
First, our source wouldn’t confirm or deny the infamous allegation that LeBron once left a $10 tip on an $800 check. (S)he told us that (s)he avoided any such problems by always adding the gratuity to his check. One time when (s)he did this, James responded by saying that he wasn’t “with” the folks that (s)he included on his bill. (S)he replied by telling him: “well, they need to give you some money, then.”
This is when (s)he told us: “LeBron liked me because I didn’t put up with his crap.” Of course. If only Dan Gilbert had this kind of smarts.
(S)he also told us that LeBron liked to drink apple martinis, which comes as no surprise because apple martinis are delicious, and if you had a job where you could take a four-hour nap every day to sleep off the sugar hangover, you would drink them, too. Relatedly, LeBron would ask his servers to have his steak (well done) already cut up for him, which corroborates a report by a (former?) server at Johnny’s who once told Grzegorek that LeBron would order his spaghetti cut up as well, and also of course enhances the credibility of our source.
Such new understanding on all sides of course sure to make things go that much smoother when LeBron finally comes back to Cleveland, who can even wait?
UPDATE: Grzegorek’s account of our conversation with the XO server is here.