Young Australian thrown out of restaurant for eating alone: “What a loser”
- Star had to leave due to the restaurant’s policy
- Venues are encouraged to be more welcoming to individual guests
- Admits that she would return despite all the hardships
A Married At First Sight star has described the horror and humiliation of being thrown out of a popular restaurant simply because she was dining alone.
Claire Nomarhas wanted to enjoy a Korean barbecue feast at a crowded Melbourne restaurant on Sunday night, but was told to leave by the waitress.
The controversial TV star’s dinner plans were scuppered as she was unaware of the venue’s strict rule that at least two people can dine at a table.
While Nomarhas didn’t want to name and shame the restaurant, she called for venues to be more accepting of solo travelers.
“I waited in the queue for 25 minutes and then took a seat,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
MAFS star Claire Nomarhas (pictured) was told to leave a Melbourne restaurant as she was dining alone
“After a few minutes, the staff started lighting the grill burners and asked when my friend was coming over.
“When I said I was mine, they said I had to go.”
The restaurant, which only accepts visitors, was full of guests at the time.
“It was embarrassing, but I wasn’t really offended or angry,” Nomarhas added.
“A guest who was sitting next to me at the table celebrating her birthday turned to me afterwards and said she felt bad because she hadn’t invited me to come along.”
Nomar left without much fuss but shared an Instagram story after recalling her ordeal.
“I have never been so ashamed in my entire life,” she explains.
“So I don’t have any drama at all when I go to dinner alone.”
“I love eating well alone.” It tells me that I’m not getting anything, that my balls aren’t breaking, and that I’m eating whatever the hell I want. Happy Days.
‘I’m so ashamed. What a loser.’
Claire Nomarhas (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia she loves eating alone as she can order whatever she wants
Three days later, Nomarhas didn’t want to further shame the restaurant and admitted she would be returning with friends.
“I don’t want them to lose business because a lot of people are having a hard time right now,” she said.
“Looking back, I can understand why they have this policy.”
But Nomarhas pointed out that not everyone has dining companions or prefers to eat alone.
“I’m a huge foodie and love eating alone because then I can order whatever I want,” she said.
“Restaurants need to be aware that not everyone is in a relationship.” “Imagine the shame for someone who is told they can eat there alone and has just lost their partner.”
Sydney chef Luke Mangan said solo travelers were welcome at his establishments.
“I support it 100 percent,” he told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.
Restaurateur Luke Mangan (pictured) said solo travelers were welcomed with open arms at his establishments
“Both of our restaurants are in hotels, so we have a lot of solo travelers in the rooms, so we really encourage that,” he explained.
“When I run a restaurant, I make room for a bar because individual customers want to sit at the bar and talk to the bartender.”
“Here in Australia it’s not as big as in the US, but it’s really important that we look after the individual guests because they can bring a large group of people back in a week.”
“I’m surprised people are turning down this deal.”
Mr Mangan is opening a new restaurant in Sydney this weekend.
He openly invited Nomarhas to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of his restaurants as a single guest.
“Tell me what time it is and I’ll be there,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Claire Nomarhas (pictured with her boyfriend) is not angry but said the incident was embarrassing