A high-flying barrister publicly announced he would never visit an upmarket Adelaide restaurant again after they suddenly cancelled his reservation.
Human rights advocate and lawyer Julian Burnside shared a scathing tweet about the city’s popular Shobosho restaurant upon finding out his dinner plans had been changed last weekend.
‘We were booked for dinner tonight at Shobosho in Adelaide and I just got a message canceling our reservation,’ he said in a now deleted tweet. ‘I’ll never book there again.’
But Shobosho revealed the reason for the sudden cancellation was due to a safety hazard in the kitchen.
Human rights advocate and lawyer Julian Burnside shared a scathing tweet about Adelaide’s popular Shobosho restaurant upon finding out his dinner plans had been changed last weekend.
Mr Burnside shamed the restaurant in a now deleted tweet
‘Unfortunately, there was a mechanical issue with our kitchen exhaust fan on Sunday afternoon,’ a spokesperson said.
‘As a restaurant that cooks over fire, this was a serious safety hazard. At 3.00pm, the decision was made that it would be unsafe to trade until this safety issue was resolved.’
Shobosho said staff had worked to call every patron that had a booking for that evening, texting the ones they were unable to get through to.
They stressed that the safety of staff and customers was their priority.
Mr Burnside deleted his first tweet shaming the restaurant, before sharing another explaining the cancellation.
‘I got a very nice call from Shobosho this morning : the reason for yesterday’s cancellation was a technical problem concerning ventilation at the restaurant,’ he followed up.
The restaurant revealed bookings had to be cancelled due to a safety issue in the kitchen
Mr Burnside has since cleared up the reason for his cancellation but some Twitter users have suggested he apologise for criticising the restaurant
But his first tweet did not go unnoticed with many Twitter users suggesting the barrister apologise for criticising the Adelaide business to his 179,000 followers.
Some suggested his tweet was uncalled for after a time where Covid lockdowns forced many hospitality businesses to close.
‘You owe them an apology for your post. Hospitality has suffered so much during the past few years,’ one tweeted.
‘Considering they might have had to call a few other people too, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Definitely overkill for Julian to have ranted about a mere inconvenience,’ said another.
‘Oh thank goodness, I was up all night wondering ‘how is Julian getting along with having his reservation canceled’ .. thoughts and prayers,’ one joked.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Burnside said: ‘If a further apology is needed, I offer it.
‘I hope to get there next time I’m in Adelaide.’