waiting Meghan Markle And her therapist turned out to be a royal pain to Michael Seche-Azulina, the mayor of New York City Le Coucou, a Michelin-starred restaurant In 2017. The reservation manager sent him a note about an “angry” woman who dropped an “I’m bringing a royal card” and demanded a private table, something the restaurant couldn’t accommodate.
“She said, ‘It’s someone who’s dating a prince,'” Cecchi-Azzolina recalls, telling The Post that the therapist was acting out when the restaurant was told he couldn’t keep adjacent tables open. “I said: I still don’t have a special table for you.” He suggested a corner table instead and the woman finally agreed.
“They came up with an attitude,” said Cecchi-Azzolina, of the duo who appeared 20 minutes. before booking them. After welcoming them for a drink with the common people at the bar, the bouncer allegedly became angry.
Did you know my guest is dating Prince Harry and about to become a Duchess? Cecchi-Azzolina writes in his upcoming book, “Your table is ready,” On December 6th. “Don’t you have a private area that we are waiting for? “My first impulse was laughter. I could have given a couple of things about Prince Harry’s history, and by attention the escort was drawing from the crowd in the pub, no one else did.”
Cecchi-Azzolina recalled that Markle, meanwhile, “didn’t say a word,” while her therapist threw a fit that the table wasn’t ready before her reservation time, describing the actress-turned-royal as “recluse.” A Markle representative did not respond to a request for comment.
“We have the most powerful people in the world coming here — no one really cares about you,” Cecchi-Azzolina said, adding that the escort sat in a bang.
Restaurant industry insiders offer tales of entitlements, bombastic rants, serial complainants, and serial complainants in the restaurateur’s heels Keith McNally mocks British comedian James Corden As the “worst customer” his staff at Balthazar have seen in Soho’s 25 years.
on Monday, McNally announced publicly on Instagram that 86 Corden (a restaurant that speaks for him) has been called off for abusing staff and demanding a round of drinks “this second” after Corden discovered a lock of hair in his main course. According to McNally, Corden then insisted that the restaurant take care of the drinks tab, threatening to write a bad review for Yelp.
In a separate case, McNally said, Corden allegedly yelled at a staff member, “You can’t do your job! I should probably go into the kitchen and cook the omelet myself” after his wife complained that the egg whites had made their way into the yolk-only omelette. McNally later said Corden had He called him to apologizeHe agreed, saying Corden was welcome back at his restaurant and that “everything is forgiven”. In an interview with the New York Times on Friday, Corden noted that the drama was “under him” and “very ridiculous.”
Some veteran vets in the restaurant world say McNally left Corden too easily, and that more celebrities should be named and frustrated for their often poor behavior.
“You either get super friendly, relaxed celebrities or just some crazy people. You have miserable people in their own lives and they choose to take it to service,” Jason Kaplan, a restaurant consultant in New York City in GK Consultinghe told The Post.
“What I find somewhat absurd is the fact that because he’s apologised, you’re now letting him go back to your restaurant? How does he justify that bad behavior?” Kaplan said of McNally.
And some celebrities prove they have zero tolerance for disrespecting restaurant workers. Conan O’Brien Reportedly fired A former employee of O’Brien wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Corden is hardly the only culprit leaving restaurateurs with a bad taste in their mouths. A source close to one of the hotspots in the Hamptons cited a flaming incident two summers ago when the owner of a professional sports team called the host a “whore” and a “whore” when he couldn’t get a table in front or inside, the source said the outdoor area and left The employee is crying. The management had to intervene and reprimand them for using foul language.
“Some of them think they own the world and get really hateful,” the source said.
Influencers are another unpopular crowd. Cecchi-Azzolina recalls in his book being told, “Do you know how many followers she has on Instagram?” in Le Coucou When a fashion influencer and her crew called the restaurant 10 times a week to get a table. They arrived at 7:30pm, an hour before booking and continued to use their social media as currency.
“Do you know who this is! She has hundreds of thousands of followers. If we didn’t sit down to our six seats now, she would shut down this restaurant,” said one of the influencer’s followers, according to the book.
Sometimes bold interfaces are so arrogant that they walk out at the check. A source close to the now-closed Miami restaurant Phillip Chow recalled about a time in 2009 when Dennis Rodman allegedly came with a fleet of 15 people and a ruthless staff on a $3,000 bill after stacking the tab with expensive champagne bottles.
“One by one they all started coming out. It was like that. I’m not bogging down with that bill. The source claimed they all snuck out. A representative for Rodman did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.”
“He was traveling on a private plane the next day. I [thought]Of course you fly on a private plane because you don’t pay for things. You just go places and don’t pay your bill. Shame on you,” the source said.
At about the same time, the source claimed, self-help tutor Tony Robbins sat down to dinner with a crew of 10 to 15 people and allegedly left staff empty-handed when a bill of about $2,000 arrived.
“The booking was under the management of Tony Robbins and they all came out with the bill. When we called Tony Robbins’ office he was like, ‘I was a guest there.’ He said I’m not paying the bill. I said I was sitting at the head of the table giving speeches and wishing everyone well. You’re not going to pay the bill. Or the staff? He said, “I was there, but that’s not my reservation and I’m not going to pay.” Two thousand dollars won’t get you out of work, that’s what you charge for one seminar. The source claimed he never paid us. A representative for Robbins did not respond to a request for comment.
Showing up without warning and claiming a table and then returning the food is another notorious move. Cecchi-Azzolina claims supermodel Naomi Campbell and senior editor Anna Wintour did just that while he worked in the room at Raoul’s in Soho.
“Naomi Campbell would come in, be rude and complain about her food almost every time,” Cecchi-Azzolina wrote in his book about Campbell, who frequented the restaurant in the early 2000s when she was dating U2 guitarist The Edge. A representative for Campbell did not respond to a request for comment.
“She was someone we feared getting into,” Secchi Azulina told The Post. “She needed a lot of attention. She brought her food back a few times,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was “too appalling” and “would go unreserved and ask for a table,” Cecchi-Azzolina wrote in his book, noting that Wintour always ordered a “very rare” steak and asked that it be served “on the spot.” .
“God forbid, the least was overcooked. She was looking at the servant as if he had just served her mouse and put it back and rebuild it. She might think that raw meat would make her less sanguine,” he writes. A Wintour representative did not respond to a request for comment.
“She would just come in or call and say, ‘I’m coming.’ Once she came in and we were locking up the back room and she insisted we sit in the back room and we had to keep a waiter there and give her her waiter. Boy, was that waitress mad,” Ceci Azulina told a newspaper The Post, describing Wintour’s behavior as rude.
“She doesn’t really talk to the staff. She looks like I’m struggling with this and that’s it.”