Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BelAir Cantina and Giannis Antetokounmpo

This is a big deal?

From ESPN:

A Milwaukee restaurant issued a public apology on Sunday night after a social media post revealed it did not accommodate Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo in time.

BelAir Cantina, a chain of six Mexican restaurants in the Milwaukee area, said in a statement on its Twitter and Facebook pages that it was sorry it wasn't able to seat the "Greek Freak" right away when he stopped into one of its restaurants after Sunday's victory over the Celtics, resulting in his exit.

"We are very sorry we weren't able to seat Giannis Antetokounmpo in as timely manner as we would have hoped," the statement said. "The Milwaukee Bucks' big win, thanks to his tip in and the team's great play, combined with today's spring weather had people turn out in droves to celebrate and we had quite a wait. We were honored he came in for a celebratory meal, and wish we would have accommodated him right away."

The moment in the restaurant gained traction after a diner took to social media, surprised that hard-to-miss 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo -- less than two hours after his tip-in propelled the Bucks to a 104-102 victory over the Celtics -- wasn't being taken care of.

The same fan later tweeted, "It was really cool how unassuming he was. Didn't complain, just quietly left."

...The recipient of Antetokounmpo's business on Sunday night was a pizza place located less than a half-mile away from the Mexican restaurant. It not only took care of him, but proudly announced on its Instagram page that he visited.
Here's the apology from BelAir Cantina:

Antetokounmpo didn't think the incident was a big deal.

He's handling the matter much better than lots of other people.

He went to a restaurant and there was a wait. So?

That happens. Antetokounmpo understands that.

I find this outrage over Antetokounmpo not being seated immediately strange.

BelAir Cantina should treat all their customers the same.

I know if I had been waiting for a table and a professional athlete or celebrity waltzed in and was seated before me, receiving preferential treatment, I'd be ticked off.

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