A restaurant in New Zealand can’t turn over tables fast enough after the owner of a neighboring business told a woman not to eat there because it was run by a same-sex couple.
Ken Miller and Jason Brumbaugh are the proud owners of Saluté, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant located in Greytown, Wairarapa on New Zealand’s North Island. The restaurant first opened in 2001.
When Alexia Black asked a neighboring shopkeeper for a restaurant recommendation, she says the woman encouraged her to go anywhere but Saluté.
“We were told that it was owned by two gay men from America and that ‘locals don’t eat there,'” Black wrote in an online review that has since gone viral.
“When we asked what was wrong with the food we were told they couldn’t comment as they hadn’t eaten there in over a year, but that we should drive to the next town, Carteton, for lunch.”
According to Black, who identifies as queer, the woman said it was a “real shame” about the restaurant, then added she “hoped something nice could be done with the place in future.”
“So of course these queers walked straight into Saluté,” Black wrote.
After the meal, Black asked to speak to the manager and explained to him what the woman had told her.
“He wasn’t surprised at all,” wrote Black, “and the quiet emotion in his eyes showed us they had been battling for a while and it hurt deeply. … We told him we’d loved our meal and would be back, and apologized to him for the way they have been treated in NZ.”
“If you love great food and hate bigotry and small mindedness, book a table at Saluté,” she concluded, “and show these lovely men that Aotearoa is no place for hate.”
Since Black posted her review, business at Saluté has been booming. Not only has the restaurant had a major uptick in reservations, but it’s had to extend its hours and was recently named “Best Restaurant” on Restaurant Guru.
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Well, this is nice. 🙂 Many thanks to our loyal and dedicated guests for making Saluté a "Best Restaurant" on Restaurant Guru. It is your love and support that inspires us each day to deliver our very best, and for that, we thank you. Cheers! #gratitude https://restaurantguru.com/Salute-Greytown
“It’s been extraordinary to see the response of people,” Miller tells the New Zealand Herald, adding that he and his husband have been completely overwhelmed by the response.
“We’ve had such an outpouring of support, with people telling us that this is not New Zealand,” he adds. “We agree with it. When we left the US, we chose New Zealand because we love it so much. This is the NZ we fell in love with. It’s overwhelming in a beautiful way.”
I absolutely agree with you!
But I’m not sure if gays really exist!
How can you not like a beautiful female body?
If you think you are gay, just go to the page that appears in my nickname! This is a world famous social network, I am sure that there will be free girls from your area! Just copy my nickname 🙂
Waiting for you there.
To Getmeets .com beautiful women? No No No Beautiful men… nothing more amazing than a muscular male body….that’s the ticket… good story too.
GetMeets.com How can you not like a beautiful male body?
HOW ABOUT REMOVING THE ABOVE COMMENT?
It’s a bot but would be nice if Queerty cared about things like that. Another data point for them however.
PLEASE REMOVE THIS CRAP BY THE HATEFUL HUCKSTER GetMeets.
Bot or not. I agree that this is annoying spam and doesn’t deserve to be here. Please remove!
This is not about physical bodies, this is about deeply felt, love and relationships. I, as a gay man, see women as a flower, I do not have a physical attraction to a flower or women, my willy goes to sleep.
QUEERTY. IF YOU DO NOT REMOVE THIS CRAP, I WILL STOP VISITING YOUR SITE. AND, YES, I KNOW I AM SHOUTING BUT THIS IS CLEARLY HOMOPHOBIC DRIVEL. REMOVE IT. NOW !!!!!
Feel free to leave and fornicate yourself!
@Calabashe, Who hurt you so badly that you need to be like this? There’s an entire world of things to do, and you choose to anonymously harass people using vaguely fire and brimstone language?
You’re better than this. Your time is more valuable than this. Go out into the world and see how good things can be. Use your life to build something meaningful and that you can be proud of.
Love won out!!!
Awesome story. Take that, haters!!!! 🙂
I am still constantly amazed by the numbers of self righteous wankers still drawing breath. They are usually extremely ugly too, but I imagine that’s because what’s on the inside has to come out somewhere.
Somehow, wankers in a relatively quiet place like this, seem even sadder.
As a Tolkien nerd I’ve long fantasized about a trip to Middle Earth a.k.a. New Zealand. This is another great reason to go! (Damn that 18 hour flight, though.)
As a gay man, I can agree with “Getmeets.com” that the female body can be beautiful. However, I don’t get sexually aroused seeing naked women, but I do when I see a naked man. To me, the male body is an awesome beautiful sight.
Too bad the person didn’t post the name of the shop whose owner was the bigot.
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