Singer and entrepreneur Ananya Birla, who is the daughter of Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla, has alleged that celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso’s restaurant in California threw her and her family out.
Ananya Birla took to Twitter to raise her grievances. She said: “This restaurant @ScopaRestaurant literally threw my family and I, out of their premises. So racist. So sad. You really need to treat your customers right. Very racist. This is not okay.”
She further said: “We waited for 3 hours to eat at your restaurant. @chefantonia Your waiter Joshua Silverman was extremely rude to my mother, bordering racist. This isn’t okay.”
According to Lofaso’s website, she opened the restaurant ‘Scopa’ in 2013.
Lofaso has starred in ‘Top Chef: All Stars’ and the ABC network’s sitcom, ‘Real O’Neals”. She has also been a judge on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’ and is on the Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’, and ‘Man vs Child’. Lofaso has written ‘The Busy Mom’s Cookbook’.
Ananya Birla’s mother, family also criticises restaurant
Ananya Birla’s mother Neerja asserted in a tweet: “Very shocking … absolutely ridiculous behaviour by @ScopaRestaurant. You have no right to treat any of your customers like this.”
Aryaman, who is Ananya’s brother, tweeted: “I have never experienced anything of this sort. Racism exists and is real. Unbelievable.”
Several people responding to the billionaire’s daughter tweet suggested that she buys the restaurant.
Meanwhile, she tweeted a message to her fans: “I love you all so much… you’ll are the best. Thank you for always protecting me! Today is a new day to create some magic! New song dropping soon.”
Outrage on social media
After the tweets by Ananya Birla and her family, several social media users criticised the restaurant for the way t behaved with the Birla family. Many users urged Ananya to buy the restaurant, whereas a few users said that the tweets by Ananya did not divulge what had actually transpired at the restaurant.
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