Tom Morello Denied Entry to Restaurant, Slams the Joint as ‘Anti-Worker’


Famed rock guitarist Tom Morello railed against a Seattle restaurant, calling it “anti-worker” last week after reportedly being denied entry by a “rude” doorman.

Morello was in town to perform a benefit concert for 15 Now, the organization that got the $15/hr. minimum wage law passed by Seattle’s council. Rock blog Blabbermouth has the scoop on what allegedly happened following Morello’s gig at the El Corazon:

Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get “a special room” at The 5 Point Cafe even though the place was already “at capacity” and there was “a line” of people waiting to get in. The restaurant’s doorman apparently told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his Twitter to blast the eatery.

Morello’s tweets below, calling the restaurant “anti-worker” in response to rejecting the pro-worker musician’s visit:

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The restaurant didn’t take Morello’s scorn lying down, however, posting a lengthy response on Facebook:

For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.

And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.”

Also interesting to note: According to Eater, the restaurant’s owner, David Meinart, was a key voice in the Seattle debate over raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. More on that here.

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