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WWII Vets Turned Away at Wolfgang Puck’s
NBCDFW ^ | Fri, Oct 15, 2010 | BRUCE FELPS

Posted on 10/15/2010 4:34:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Attire deemed inappropriate for Five Sixty

As if suffering the indignities of being held prisoner in a World War II POW camp weren’t enough, six Air Force veterans who flew one of the most dangerous missions of the war suffered yet another at the hands of a restaurant hostess.

She turned away the six members of the Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association, all fellow war prisoners, at the door of Five Sixty, Wolfgang Puck’s schmancy restaurant atop Reunion Tower because they showed up dressed in T-shirts commemorating their past ordeal, ball caps, and shorts. According to today’s article in The Dallas Morning News, the guys shrugged it off, joked about being bad-boys, and ambled off. Some of the wives and children accompanying them pitched a fit and scored the old boys a couple of bottles of Scotch courtesy of the restaurant’s, likely, embarrassed general manager, Marcus Cascio.

Mayor Tom Leppert sent the guys a letter dripping of schmaltzy PR and gave them each a gold-colored lapel pin depicting the Dallas seal.

Leppert’s chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh, was quoted in the story as suggesting, “They can add it to their hats," which seems a bit cavalier.

Maybe next year when the Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association guys get together for their annual, um, get-together, they’ll have new T-shirts commemorating their most recent ordeal.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austrianrestaurants; worldwarii
Last time these guys dealt with an ornery Austrian, they weren't so nice about it...
1 posted on 10/15/2010 4:34:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant turns away World War II veterans over dress code
2 posted on 10/15/2010 4:36:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
because they showed up dressed in T-shirts commemorating their past ordeal, ball caps, and shorts

Not appropriate attire, and I don't care who you are.

3 posted on 10/15/2010 4:37:09 PM PDT by Melas
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To: nickcarraway

Since it’s one of my favorite restaurants, here is the dress code, just to be clear:

Dress code at Five Sixty is business casual, collared shirt for gentlemen. Jeans are acceptable as long as they are not torn. No sandals or flip-flops for gentlemen.


4 posted on 10/15/2010 4:38:57 PM PDT by Melas
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To: nickcarraway

more years ago than I care to admit, I worked in a country club restaurant. There were always spare jackets for clientele who may not have known about the dress code. Was there no private party room that could have accommodated this group?


5 posted on 10/15/2010 4:41:20 PM PDT by j.argese (The more bizarre the perversion, the louder the fan base.)
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To: nickcarraway

I have eaten at Wolfgang Pucks many times and its a very swanky restaurant. They do have a dress code.


6 posted on 10/15/2010 4:48:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: nickcarraway

I have also dined at Spago’s in Hollywood.They have a dress code there too.


7 posted on 10/15/2010 4:54:37 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Antoines in New Orleans has the highest dress code I have ever seen. You have to have a suit and tie. I was eating there once and saw a couple turned out because the man was wearing dress slacks, polo shirt tucked in, and a nice belt. I couldn’t believe it. Great food and decent prices, but dress up.


8 posted on 10/15/2010 4:58:47 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: sportutegrl

At Spago’s annd Wolfgang Puck’s menn must wear a suit and tie.


9 posted on 10/15/2010 5:00:01 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Melas

No honor among the youth. The 20 something twit
probably thought WWII was in 1968. Sorry but this is a big PR mistake by Ms. “I must enforce Business casual dress”.
There are some situations where enforcing the rules is not the right thing to do.

There very few of these men left to tell the story. Veterans used to get a place at the head of the table
but not at a snotty trendy yuppie enclave.


10 posted on 10/15/2010 5:01:34 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: Melas

No honor among the youth. The 20 something twit
probably thought WWII was in 1968. Sorry but this is a big PR mistake by Ms. “I must enforce Business casual dress”.
There are some situations where enforcing the rules is not the right thing to do.

There very few of these men left to tell the story. Veterans used to get a place at the head of the table
but not at a snotty trendy yuppie enclave.


11 posted on 10/15/2010 5:01:40 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: nickcarraway
the guys shrugged it off, joked about being bad-boys, and ambled off.

Class acts, all the way. Kudos to the manager for the complimentary scotch.

12 posted on 10/15/2010 5:02:00 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: ChiMark

The restaurant has rules.


13 posted on 10/15/2010 5:06:55 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: nickcarraway

Unimaginative restaurant manager - this situation could have been parlayed into a gigantic public relations coup -

“Gentlemen, I’m obliged to inform you that your attire violates our restaurant’s dress code in a number of ways, but considering how well you served our nation, Restaurant Five Sixty will be pleased make a special exception and to seat you.” The Schweinfurt party is then ushered into the center of the restaurant, where the manager gets the attention of the other diners and announces - “Despite their inadvertently inappropriate attire, we are seating these gentlemen in special recognition of their outstanding and selfless WW2 service to the nation; please take a moment and give our heroes a round of applause.”

A free bottle or two of champagne on the house puts the cherry on top.

Guaranteed to make the newspaper next next and word of mouth alone would have attracted a surge of new customers.

- - -

..... however, this is all presuming that the restaurant manager had the remotest idea what the Schweinfurt Raid was.


14 posted on 10/15/2010 5:09:26 PM PDT by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

If you do not like the “house” rules you can always go somewhere else


15 posted on 10/15/2010 5:16:29 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sportutegrl
They will supply a coat for you if you do not act like a jerk when confronted. That is my all time favorite restaurant... been going there from time to time for over 45 years.

LLS

16 posted on 10/15/2010 5:16:58 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: nickcarraway
Many things take precedence over appearances...like courage and sacrifice. Those old guys have earned the right to wear whatever they want, I'd say. If I was in Dallas, I'd invite them all to a real Texas BBQ for an American feast, on me.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

17 posted on 10/15/2010 5:17:52 PM PDT by wku man (Steel yourselves, patriots, and be ready. Won't be long now....)
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To: nickcarraway; ErnBatavia

I bet Wolfie will NOT like this and he do something to make amends to these men. I hope I am right.


18 posted on 10/15/2010 5:21:04 PM PDT by SortaBichy
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To: LibLieSlayer

The polo shirt guy was behaving like a total jerk. I was wondering if you can put a tie and jacket on a polo shirt, but he threw a fit and left. Dinner and a show.


19 posted on 10/15/2010 5:22:33 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: nickcarraway

If they’d turned up in their dress uniforms with their medals and been turned away for failing to meet some pecadillo in the restaurant dress code, I’d be offended. But t-shirts and ball caps, even emblazoned with signs of honorable service to country, are not appropriate at a fine restaurant which specifies even “business casual” as its dress code.


20 posted on 10/15/2010 5:23:10 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: SortaBichy

Sheesh - I hope Wolfie makes amends. I just ordered his $99 crockpot from HSN, and I don’t want to have to send it back ;-)


21 posted on 10/15/2010 5:27:43 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: nickcarraway

If they won’t serve these guys for something as stupid (that’s how Dallas is) as what they are wearing, I wouldn’t be caught dead there. Wolfgang Whatever can kiss my a$$!!


22 posted on 10/15/2010 5:28:44 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: sportutegrl

Same as the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. You can’t even take your jacket off. Ex took me there for my birthday once.
ONCE. I almost asked for a fly swatter so I could nail the pest “hovering” to fill my water glass every time I took a drink. Hard a h*ll to have a private conversation.


23 posted on 10/15/2010 5:28:49 PM PDT by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling "Allah Snackbar")
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To: j.argese

I was thinking of that to.


24 posted on 10/15/2010 5:28:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If it would have been 6 black baggy-pantsed, hip-hop rappers, they would have either let them in, or we would have front page news of “discrimination” and a Mega-Lawsuit by some jackass lawyer.....


25 posted on 10/15/2010 5:29:15 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama go:nna take care o' me!)
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To: Melas

People who patronize restaurants with dress codes should have to pay higher income tax.


26 posted on 10/15/2010 5:31:17 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

Sounds like a win/win to me.


27 posted on 10/15/2010 5:32:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: sportutegrl

The show was free too!!! Top of the old Trademart had the same offer.

LLS


28 posted on 10/15/2010 5:35:38 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ChiMark

Exactly. Obama could show up wearing a dunce cap, jock-strap, pink cape and high heel boots and he’d be led to the best table in the house. These gentlemen should’ve been given free meals and their presence announced to all diners.


29 posted on 10/15/2010 5:41:26 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: nickcarraway

If it weren’t for these six men, there wouldn’t be a Wolfgang Puck anything.


30 posted on 10/15/2010 5:46:33 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Melas

Not appropriate attire, and I don’t care who you are.


Amen.


31 posted on 10/15/2010 6:16:10 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Congressmen should serve two terms: One in Congress and one in prison.)
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To: nickcarraway

Please identify this person so that I can pay a visit. :)


32 posted on 10/15/2010 6:35:37 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

ErnstStavroBlofeld wrote: “If you do not like the “house” rules you can always go somewhere else”

..... or you can make lemonade out of lemons.


33 posted on 10/15/2010 7:21:28 PM PDT by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: nickcarraway
Interesting, during my recent move I noted on my German Aerial bombing map, the "British Isolation Hospital" had the samy priority as a railraod machine shop. They knew the Irish would rush in to save the injured, thus exposing themselves to TB... which in 1941 was very deadly.

Vunderbar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

34 posted on 10/15/2010 8:00:15 PM PDT by investigateworld (Torah is written in and on the hearts of all men ..........(Now at 1776x2,com))
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld; All

I wonder if this is the type of seniors who think, “because I am a senior i can do what I want.”

I have been around WWII and Korean vets who were celebrating, they always respected dress codes. (they were loudly happy but harmless)


35 posted on 10/15/2010 8:11:49 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Inspectorette

I wanted that crock pot!! LOL
I hope we hear Wolfie’s response to this situation.


36 posted on 10/15/2010 8:26:02 PM PDT by SortaBichy
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To: Melas

Agreed. They should have known better.


37 posted on 10/15/2010 9:47:20 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: rickb308

Did the restaurant even know who these guys were (in advance) or were they a bunch of old guys not abiding by the dress code.


38 posted on 10/15/2010 9:57:36 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: longtermmemmory

The one in Beverly Hills you must wear a suit.


39 posted on 10/16/2010 1:04:35 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: longtermmemmory

There is no, ifs and or but. They will turn you away if you are not dressed appropriately.


40 posted on 10/16/2010 1:06:40 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Senator John Blutarski
bravo Senator...

I dont do ties, so i guess they can do without my $$$

41 posted on 10/16/2010 6:48:17 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

Excellent catch Senator!


42 posted on 10/16/2010 8:23:50 AM PDT by Outrance
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