An iconic Italian restaurant in Sydney shamed a “shameful” group of six people who failed to show up for their dinner reservations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The lockout restrictions prohibiting Australians from dining in cafes and restaurants were lifted on Friday in New South Wales and replaced by a limit of ten people.
While many places have remained closed due to high overhead costs that outweighed the benefits brought in by the limited number of customers, the Italian restaurant Beppi in Darlinghurst, Sydney was one of the few to allow customers inside.
The restaurant, which has been operating for almost 64 years and can accommodate more than 50 people at a time, received an overwhelming response from its loyal customers who immediately began to make reservations.
Beppi’s Italian restaurant in Sydney was open for take-out only during the COVID-19 lockout
Owners were shocked Thursday evening when a group of six people did not show up for their reservation, which cut their nightly profits by more than half.
“60% of our income has disappeared,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
‘No call to cancel – the phone simply goes to the message store. Shameful behavior. ‘
The managers were particularly disappointed because they made the decision to trust customers who book in advance instead of taking their credit card details.
“The overwhelming majority of our customers have been fantastic,” the post read.
“The few selfish people spoil it for others and inflict new financial suffering on an industry already decimated by the pandemic. “
Restaurant can seat more than 50 people at a time, but was limited to ten in the middle of the pandemic
The managers were so shocked by the group’s lack of consideration that they considered disclosing the name and number of the customer who made the reservation, but decided not to do so.
Instead, they thanked everyone who had supported them during the financially difficult period and condemned the group.
“We had an overwhelming response from the lifting of restrictions on home meals from zero to ten customers. It was great to hear the sounds of the guests in our restaurant.
Social media users lambasted the group of six in the comments.
Beppi’s is the oldest family restaurant in Sydney and was opened by a man named Beppi and his girlfriend in 1956 (pictured at the restaurant with their young son in the early 1960s)
“Difficult to operate under these conditions. How thoughtless, “wrote one person on Twitter.
“Just when I thought rona would make people nice and respectable again instead of showing them their true colors,” wrote another.
Beppi’s is the oldest family restaurant in Sydney.
He has served Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Rihanna since it was opened by a young couple in 1956.
The state government will allow up to 50 people to enter restaurants, cafes and pubs after June 1.