Do not take your video camera in there without prior permission. They
will quickly ask you to stop, drop, and leave. It’s worse than trying
to shoot in New York parks with a tripod. But seriously folks, everyone
who works there says it’s next to impossible to shoot there. They
offered no explanation as to why. I guess it’s just corporate policy.
It’s not like I had planned on getting anything interesting there: just
Rachel sitting behind her desk answering phones. But that restrictive a
corporate policy doesn’t foster warm and fuzzy feelings in my
corporation. They still have a chance to redeem themselves by calling me
back and asking me for some specifics about what I want to shoot and
why. But a flat out rejection with an unsatisfactory or absent
explanation means they wouldn’t get NVP’s endorsement, a “special
thanks” credit, or any recommendations on our part, and that’s just bad
business. That’s their prerogative of course, they can do whatever they
want. But if corporations are legal people then Del Frisco’s would not
be out of line with my impression so far of New Yorkers.
Hooters, on the other hand, will get a special thanks in its
respective episode. They (the corporation) were surprisingly friendly
and easy to work with. Not that I had any direct contact, rather Rachel
talked to her manager and the communication went up the chain. But
nevertheless I didn’t have any problems with them at all. And the food,
although not the healthiest, wasn’t that bad either; I wouldn’t eat
there every day….