Morgan Sokany was inside the restaurant when Giannis entered. He tweeted a photo of Giannis waiting to be seated and it went viral. It ended up getting hundreds of retweets and likes -- with people furious Giannis wasn't seated in a timely fashion.
"My girlfriend's eyes light up and she says, oh my god," Morgan Sokany said. "I think there's a Milwaukee Buck behind us. Ok, sure. I look around and not only is it a Milwaukee Buck, it's the Milwaukee Buck, Giannis."
According to Sokany, he thought no one greeted Giannis when he came in. He says, Antetokounmpo waited for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving. He says, some other patrons took matters into their own hands to try and get Giannis a seat.
"People are wondering why he's not seated," Sokany said. "Everyone was busy. It's not like people were sitting around. People started laughing but a few people started getting angry like hey, it's funny but let's get this guy a table. One group at the bar started to bus tables themselves to make room for him. He was like hey guys, let it go. It's not a big deal. That was the biggest takeaway. Just what an average guy he is."
Bel Air wanted to clear the air that they didn't acknowledge Giannis when he came in. They posted a screenshot of surveillance video where a manager approached Giannis when he got there, telling him about the wait.
On Monday, the restaurant issued this statement to TODAY'S TMJ4 about the incident:
“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.” #TacoBoutAMisunderstanding
Sunday night after the incident, BelAir also tweeted an apology and said because of the Bucks game and warm weather, they were extremely busy.
We are very sorry we weren’t able to seat @Giannis_An34 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.
BelAir also wants to make things right with all of Milwaukee after this debacle. The restaurant says if the Bucks win the next two and take the series, they'll give a free taco with purchase to everyone on Friday. And they'll hold a table just for Giannis.
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