Things didn’t go well for actor Russell Crowe and his girlfriend Britney Theriot when they tried dining at a swanky Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the couple was turned away because Crowe and Theriot didn’t meet the “smart casual” dress code of the establishment.
The Daily Mail, reporting on the embarrassing incident, noted that:
Russel Crowe and his partner Britney Theriot were turned away from a Melbourne restaurant after trying to grab a quick bite to eat in their sports gear after a round of tennis.
The pair took to the court on Friday but found themselves barred when they attempted to enter Japanese-fusion restaurant Mr Miyagi for a post-workout lunch.
It’s understood the couple were denied entry because they were still wearing their tennis attire – on a day when sweat levels were high as Melbourne’s temperature reached 37 degrees.
The Daily Mail also noted that “Mr Miyagi’s dress code states the establishment has a ‘smart casual dress code’ where work gear, active wear, singlets and thongs are not permitted.”
The restaurant’s owner, Kristian Klein, has since jokingly put up a plaque that reads “DRESS SMART CASUAL… Unless you’re Russell Crowe. Then wear whatevs. **Management reserves the right to refuse entry.”
Posting a picture of the plaque on Instagram, Klein said “Dear Russell. During your last visit it seems we got off on the wrong foot. After much reflection on what occurred, we have made a permanent change to our dress code. We would love to see you again in the future. You’re always welcome at Mr. Miyagi.”
That was just a joke, as Klein takes the dress code seriously. Speaking about it to the Sun Morning Herald, Klein said “We treat everyone the same. It doesn’t matter who you are or if you are Russell Crowe. We’ve got a dress code that we push across every level. So whoever it is, it stays the same. We’re consistent with it and I don’t feel like it’s unreasonable.”
Continuing, he said “We’re not trying to teach people how to dress. But I know personally if I’m in my thongs and my boardies, I’m not going to try and go to a nice restaurant, because I wouldn’t be dressed appropriately.”
Crowe, star of “Gladiator,” is a known leftist. During the 2020 Golden Globes, he had Jennifer Anniston read a speech he wrote in which he claimed that the Australian wildfires were “climate change based,” saying:
“Make no mistake the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based. We need to act based on science, move our workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way we all will have a future.”
Perhaps Crowe and Theriot have learned to dress appropriately when going out to eat, rather than wearing “slobby gym gear” while drenched in sweat. But, given the Golden Globes nonsense, hopes of such common sense are likely unfounded.
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