Yesterday, we revealed to you the face behind all of those anonymous peen pics featuring beloved Sex and the City star Kristin Davis. The photos, taken before Kristin hit it big as Charlotte on HBO, feature the sweet starlet practicing decidedly un-Charlotte-like behavior, were snapped by ex-boyfriend Eric Stapleman, who supposedly gave the photos to a friend, from whom they were then stolen and — you guessed it — plastered all over the internet. We wondered what kind of guy would give away such intimate photos of a girl, famous or not, and found out that Stapleman is the execute chef and owner of a Santa Fe restaurant Trattoria Nostrani, an Italian restaurant famous for its “fragrance free” policy. We came upon one review that relayed how the owner of the restaurant (Stapleman) chased a 75-year-old couple off of the premises for wearing “fragrance.” We left it at a funny/psychotic anecdote and moved on with our lives.
But a commenter on that post had us back on the Stapleman beat. Jane Doe wrote (comment edited by us):
I know Eric personally, we live in the same town. Everyone here knows of him as pretty much the biggest douche in history… He is universally regarded as a total pig and vindictive asshole by everyone who lives in Santa Fe. Many people refuse to go to his restaurant because they hate him so muchâ€¦
PS Itâ€™s very funny how if a girl wearing perfume at his restaurant is hot and young and scantily clad she is magically always allowed to stay. So strange.
So this fragrance free thing… he’s serious about that? Now we were fascinated. This man, this man who has taken it upon himself to embarass one of America’s most beloved pay cable sitcom stars… he’s truly an a**hole? Well, in that case, we need to learn more.
And did we ever. Reviews for his restaurant over at Trip Advisor contain some of the most hilarious restaurant tales we have ever read, painting a picture of Stapleman as a man with SERIOUS anger issues, a man who throws people out of his restaurant for wearing unscented hair spray and hand lotion, a man who served mediocre food for exorbitant prices, who follows patrons into other restaurants to yell at them. We may not be “psychiatrists” or “pill schillers”, but by all accounts, it looks like this fella has some serious emotional issues. After the jump, we highlight some of our favorite, most hilarious reviews of Eric Stapleman, Santa Fe’s “Fragrance Nazi” and by all accounts, it’s “Biggest A-Hole” (an honor, of sorts). The following reviews would be hilarious, if they weren’t actually true. So Kristin Davis… this one’s for you!
Where Stapleman Curses at a Woman Following a $500 Meal…
â€œBeware All Ye Who Enterâ€
My husband and I took our cousins who were visiting us in Albuquerque to Santa Fe for the day. I made a reservation for 4 at 7:15 p.m. at Trattoria Nostrani. As we were walking to our table in a small back room, we passed a very lively dining room. I asked the hostess if we could be seated there. She replied “This is the only table we have available for you this evening”. I sat there quietly, but gave her and the owner who stopped by our table a glaring look. Well, little did I know that was enough to set off the owner! He waited until we had eaten, paid our bill ($480 BEFORE tip) and were on the way out. He stopped me and told me off in no uncertain terms, including profanity. As he talked, his voice got louder and louder. He told me that only nice people were allowed in his restaurant. I tried to shake his hand to make peace and he left my hand dangling in mid-air. My cousin (who had also paid the bill) had to take him to an open table and talk to him to quiet him down. After talking to several people in Santa Fe, I’ve discovered there are other women he has done this to. Not only does he use his restaurant for his own agenda, but his food is most certainly not worth that kind of money. What an embarrasing, sad experience for us and our cousins who had never been to Santa Fe before.
Where Stapleman Follows Customers To A Hotel Lobby To Yell At Them…
â€œSo if the owner treats his local clientele like this, what can you expect?â€
We live here. I have been a full time manager of my own department at The Santa Fe Opera for 6 years and she is a Ralph Lauren model and a well known local jeweler; Not exactly the sort of customer that should be treated as ‘trailer trash’. But that is the exact treatment we received by the owner, Eric, who refused us service. When we pressed a bit for service he finally asked one of his waiters to prepare us a simple shot of espresso. We drank our coffee and paid the $12.00 tab and left a $2.00 tip! We left. We went to La Posada for our second espresso…
As we were sitting by the fireplace at La Posada enjoying our conversation, we were very surprised to see Eric, the owner of Trattoria Nostrani walk in. When we saw him, we acknowledged him simply with eye contact and a nod. He stopped and stared at us. In a lobby with hotel patrons walking around within hearing distance from about fifteen feet away he yelled, (I quote with no exaggeration), “If you two ever want an espresso do not come to my restaurant, go someplace else!!”
We were stunned. So stunned if fact I asked him to repeat what he just said. He did repeat this with even more emphasis that we were not welcome to visit his restaurant if we wanted to sit at the bar and order a ($12.00) shot of espresso. Since the management of La Posada witnessed this we were offered their apologies for Eric’s unbelievably rude, insulting behavior.
I do not care about Eric’s opinion of his restaurant, the accolades from food or wine magazines or anything else. I will never visit this restaurant again. He is unacceptable in every way, and I find it amazing that he is still in business.
Where Stapleman Throws An Elderly Couple Out On Their Ass…
My husband and I made reservations to this restaurant days ahead and planned on a romantic evening out. As an opera singer my husband and I have eaten all over the world in many wonderful and awful restaurants. I have never experienced anywhere what happened to us at this restaurant.
We were seated and given menus as another couple walked in to be seated. The hostess began to seat the couple when the manager/owner angrily pulled her into a kitchen area. I watched him yell at her (very upsetting for us). She came out and said this elderly couple had to leave because the woman was wearing perfume. This is a fragrance free restaurant. Watch out! She said she knew this and was not wearing perfume but she had put a little lotion on before she came. She went to the restroom to wash the lotion off. The owner/manager ranted and raved in the kitchen at the poor hostess saying he could smell this woman all the way into the kitchen. What an exaggeration! I was right next to her and couldn’t smell anything. When the woman came out of the restroom they were asked to leave. This poor old lady was very upset. We were so upset about witnessing this situation we left the restaurant and had a wonderful meal at the The Old House in the El Dorado Hotel.
Where He Refuses To Speak to Unhappy Diners, Because “They Aren’t Worth It”…
â€œWorst Experience Everâ€
A TripAdvisor Member
We made the reservations well in advanced to celebrate our anniversary and asked for a special table. We arrived and were greeted by the most pompous man who I am guessing was the owner. They proceeded to seat us in a table in the bar. Then when we asked to move they sat us at an even worse table with full view of the bathroom. The owner keep speaking in a loud voice smearing President Bush and being very obnoxious. The waiter asked the owner to speak to us on several occasions because he knew we were upset and he said they aren’t worth it. I have traveled all over world and eaten at the some of the best restaurants and never have I been treated so badly.
Where The Restaurant Discriminates Based On “Fragrance”…
â€œFragrance Free Restaurant = license to discriminateâ€
My husband made reservations at Trattoria Nostrani and was told that it was a fragrance free restaurant. So after showering to get ready for dinner, I did not put on any perfume or even hairspray.
We entered the restaurant and were seated immediately. The waiter asked us if we preferred still or sparkling water. He returned to our table and said that they could not serve us because I was wearing perfume. I explained that we were aware of their policy and that I was not wearing any fragrance. He insisted that he smelled some fragrance on me and that we would have to leave. At that point I would not have stayed there if the meal were free!!
We went back to the Eldorado and had a fabulous meal at The Old House. We spoke to several people at the hotel and restaurant about our experience and they were familiar with Eric, the owner of Tratorria, and admitted that he was a very strange character. Seems to me that his “fragrance free” policy allows him to discriminate against anyone that he does not want in his restaurant for whatever reason.
Where Eric Stapleman Is Dubbed a “Fragrance Nazi”…
Awful experience. Rude, Overpriced & Undercooked. Mediocre food. Presented as a ‘fragrance free’ restaurant. Owner acts as the ‘Fragrance Nazi.’ Decides on entrance if you are wearing ANY fragrance. Refuses service if ‘he’ imagines any fragrance of any kind. We went prepared, fragrance free, with reservations and were give a table outside where other patrons sat with dogs suspected of wearing fragrance.
Major waiter attitude. Beneath them to serve you. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone ever. ALL Concierges feel the same in Santa Fe. Just ask. Many other great establishments.
They need to get over themselves.
SL & RV
There are many other accounts of his behavior over at Trip Advisor.