Tony Parker probably can get a table at any restaurant in San
Antonio, but not in Memphis.
The Spurs star was turned away from Restaurant Iris, a trendy
Memphis eatery, on Friday and the chef, Kelly English, wasn’t shy
about it. But he says it wasn’t because Parker plays for the Spurs,
who lead the Grizzlies 3-0 in the West finals.
“At Restaurant Iris we pride ourselves on the service we provide
to our guests. From the moment you make a reservation, to when you
walk out of our door, it’s our job to ensure you experience
both incredible food and service.
“That experience begins with a reservation. Due to the size of
our restaurant, there is currently a two week delay for a weekend
reservation. We would not cancel a reservation that a guest
made-and waited two weeks for — in order to make room for
someone else without a reservation — celebrity or not. We
respect our guests and their time, and appreciate their choice to
dine with us.”
Think the Frenchman Parker was turned away by a snotty French
maitre d’? OK, the chance of a guy like that working in Memphis
isn’t great, but this guy still is:
Wonder if Parker tried telling them he’s the sausage king of San
Parker said he stayed in his hotel Friday night and had dinner
from room service. Hopefully he got some good Memphis BBQ. But if
it seemed like he played with a (wood) chip on his (pork) shoulder
in Game 3, scoring 24 points in a backbreaking 102-93 overtime win,
we all know why.