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Fort Myers' Mad Fresh Bistro Refuses To Serve Ketchup To Its Patrons

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No shirt, no shoes, no service. But what about "no ketchup"?

A Fort Myers, Fl. restaurant is making a viral splash with its strict condiment policy and the "right to refuse service of ketchup."

Mad Fresh Bistro has operated with the ban in place since 2012, and also restricts any substitutions, deferring to the power of its chef's discretion.

"We know, we know," wrote a representative for the restaurant, in an online statement obtained by the TODAY Show, on Monday. "People love their ketsup [sic]. But honestly, be ready. If you're over 10 years old, ketsup [sic] will not be provided... We simply ask that you trust us."

Xavier Duclos, the bistro's chef and owner, has previously defended his hardline stance in the Fort Myers News Press.

"I had someone try and sneak ketchup in here and I kicked them out," Duclos told the news outlet. "I think my flavours work. You don't walk into the museum and tell them to change the colour of the painting."

Duclos also insists that the restaurant has not seen a decline or dip in sales as a result of this position, saying, "we're still slammed every day."

This is not the first time the use of ketchup has been frowned upon in a public dining setting. In 2011, France banned use of the condiment in its school and college cafeterias, under the pretense that it masks or ruins the natural flavour of traditional meals. Two years later, in Orange County, Fl., a Subway employee was fired for denying a customer ketchup on his Philly cheese steak sandwich, which subsequently devolved into a fist fight.

In a less extreme example, TODAY Show correspondent Carson Daly also found a similarity between Mad Fresh Bistro's policy and one at a restaurant in his hometown of Santa Monica, Calif..

"If I'm a paying customer and I choose [to have] ketchup, they will not bring the ketchup," said Daly.

Is this restriction out of line, or is the customer not always right?

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Signs You're A Ketchup Addict

  • 1
    You Hate People Who Put Mayonnaise On Their Fries
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    Because what a wasted opportunity to eat more ketchup.
  • 2
    You'll Never Forget The Day Lay's Came Out With A Ketchup Flavor
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    It was the greatest day of your life.
  • 3
    You've Got An Obscene Amount Of Ketchup Porn On Your Work Computer
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    And you can't stop looking at it.
  • 4
    It's Getting To Be A Problem
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    (Seriously, you might want to get help.)
  • 5
    You Eat Eggs With Your Ketchup
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    And we're here to tell you that THIS IS DISGUSTING.
  • 6
    You Wear This Shirt, Like, Everyday
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    Because you mean it. And if you don't have it, you wish you did.
  • 7
    Eating Fries With Ketchup Makes You The Happiest Person In The World
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    The two go together like a horse and carriage.
  • 8
    Heinz Or Hunts, You Don't Care
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    You don't discriminate when it comes to ketchup. It's all freaking amazing.
  • 9
    You Can't Sleep Without Your Heinz Night Light.
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    And it only set you back $34.95.
  • 10
    You Show Your Feelings Through Ketchup
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    What better way to profess your love for someone?
  • 11
    It's The Only Way You Know How
    Flickr: wildinkpress
    (But seriously people, ketchup on steak?!)
  • 12
    There's Nothing You Want More In Life Than A Ketchup Spigot In Your House
    Flickr: Lucius Kwok
    Knowing you have all that ketchup in your home would make you sleep better at night.
  • 13
    You Don't Need Pasta Sauce, Because You've Got KETCHUP
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    Once you've committed this culinary crime, you know you have a serious problem.
  • 14
    Pulp Fiction Is Your Favorite Movie Because Of The Ketchup Joke
    And Uma Thurman will forever be your favorite actress. Don't remember it? It goes something like this: "Three tomatoes are walkin' down the street. Papa Tomato, Mama Tomato and Baby Tomato. Baby Tomato starts lagging behind, and Papa Tomato gets really angry. Goes back and squishes him and says: 'Ketchup.' Ketchup."

    You LOVE it.
  • 15
    You Have This Tattooed Somewhere On Your Body
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    You <3 ketchup always and forever.
  • 16
    You Like Cheese And Crackers AND KETCHUP As A Snack
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    (GROSS.)
  • 17
    This Is A Perfectly Acceptable Lunch
    Flickr: goldberg
    (But it's not really. You know that, right?)
  • 18
    You Hate Tomatoes Because They Aren't Ketchup
    Flickr: burgundavia
    Waste.
  • 19
    Ketchup Makes You Act All Weird, But You Just Don't Care
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    Because you just really, really, really, love ketchup. Like a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot. So much so that it even hurts inside.

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