UPDATE: BelAir Cantina says Giannis accepts apology for not being seated quickly
Updated: 11:57 a.m. on April 23, 2018
The statement reads:
“We appreciate everyone’s passion for treating Giannis and all customers with great customer service. It is something we strive to do every day. We reviewed the entryway footage from last night, and we are proud to reaffirm that Giannis was promptly greeted by our manager and told the wait time. Giannis has been a customer many times and he has graciously accepted our apology for not being able to seat him and other customers more quickly last night. Our focus is now on supporting our team on this playoff run. Go Bucks.”
Posted: 8:38 p.m. on April 22, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's BelAir Cantina has released a statement after reports that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo waited at the Water Street restaurant for ten minutes without getting a table and left after his win against the Boston Celtics Sunday afternoon.
Twitter user @MoSokanhe posted a photo of Giannis at the restaurant and said "At BelAir Cantina on Water Street and just watched Giannis 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."
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
Giannis is credit with tipping in the game winning basket in Sunday's 104-102.
The twitter user said that cops showed up to the location after Giannis left because patrons were getting so upset.
BelAir sent CBS 58 a statement that said in part, "We were honored he came in for a celebratory meal, and wish we could have accommodated him right away."
The restaurant wants Giannis to come back on Thursday after a hopeful Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 win. BelAir has also pledged to give any Bucks fan a free taco with any purchase all day Friday if the Bucks win both game five in Boston and game six in Milwaukee winning the series.
Here is the full statement:
“We are very sorry we weren’t able to seat Giannis in as timely of a manner as we would have hoped. 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. 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
According to a Facebook post from DiModa Pizza & Hotspot, Giannis went to their restaurant following the game.