The biggest Bucks story on Twitter Sunday night wasn’t about Milwaukee evening its playoff series against the Celtics. Rather, it was a photo and tweet from Twitter user @MoSokanhe, who said he watched Giannis Antetokounmpo wait several minutes for a table at the BelAir Cantina at 1935 N. Water St., then leave without getting served.
He tweeted, "At @BelAirCantina on water street and just watched @Giannis_An34 wait for a table for 10 minutes and no one helped him so he left... Dude just won Milwaukee a playoff game! Get him some service."
Apparently, Giannis left and went to DiModa Pizza, 1758 N. Water St., where he did get seated. In an Instagram post, the restaurant wrote, "Thanks Giannis for stopping in after a huge win today!!!"
At @BelAirCantina on water street and just watched @Giannis_An34 wait for a table for 10 minutes and no one helped him so he left... Dude just won Milwaukee a playoff game! Get him some service pic.twitter.com/hcjsJfThiA — Morgan (@MoSokanhe) April 22, 2018
Sunday night, Bel Air’s co-owner, Scott Johnson, provided OnMilwaukee with a statement about the apparent lapse in customer service, and will offer all customers a free taco on Friday.
"We are very sorry we weren’t able to seat Giannis in as timely of a manner as we would have hoped," said Johnson.
"The 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 could have accommodated him right away. We welcome him back Thursday after another Bucks win and will hold open a table."
He continued, "And to turn this into a positive for everyone, we are pledging that if the Bucks win the series Thursday night in Milwaukee, we will provide all Bucks fans with a free taco with any purchase all day Friday at all our locations #GoBucks #BucksIn6"
BelAir also released a photo from the surveillance camera that showed the Bucks' star being greeting. Johnson told me the restaurant was very busy Sunday night and this was a case of staff being slammed.
For his part, Giannis (via his girlfriend, Mariah Danae), accepted BelAir's apology:
"Its all good, much love for you guys ❤️ also thanks to all of the concerned fans I appreciate your support."
@MoSokanhe also tweeted, "Lol I kid you not, as I walked out the cops showed up because other patrons of the restaurant who were at the game were so upset he didn't get seated. Weirdest experience…"
Andy is the founder and co-owner of OnMilwaukee.com. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.
Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.
Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.