Following our widely-imitated reveal last week that Hollywood Aussie Russell Crowe had fallen foul of the dress code at Chapel Street fusion joint Mr. Miyagi, the management there have decided to make the best of what they described as a “very unfortunate situation”.
Russell Crowe is allowed in after all.Credit:John Shakespeare
The restaurant has mounted a plaque at the front entrance declaring: “Dress code: Smart casual, unless you’re Russell Crowe and then you can wear whatevs.”
Announcing the tweak on Instagram, Miyagi addressed the Rusty One directly.
“Dear Russell, during your last visit it seems we got off on the wrong foot. After much reflection on what occurred, we have made a permanent change to our dress code,” the Miyagi account wrote.
“We would love to see you again in the future, you’re always welcome at Mr. Miyagi.”
“**Management reserve (sic) the right to refuse entry.”
Now, it remains unclear if Crowe – who was with his partner Britney Theriot when he was turned away in Melbourne’s mid-February 37 degree heat – will accept the offer of a table at Mr. M.
Chapel Street restaurant Mr. Miyagi online reaction to Russell Crowe’s dress code infraction. Credit:Instagram
We gave the actor’s camp a shout, but hadn’t heard back from them by Monday evening.
THE WONG CROWD
Sydney power-dining hotspot Mr Wong is far too popular among the city’s long lunch set for anyone to expect too much anonymity.
So when billionaire cardboard king Anthony Pratt sat down there on Monday with The Australian’s newly-minted editor Michelle Gunn, it was inevitable that ears might prick up.
CBD’s spies in the room tell us conversation was fruitful – from discussion of how the US-owned national broadsheet was being targeted by trans activists over its distinctly British approach to gender issues, to whether Michelle Obama would ever run for president.
Power lunch: Visy chief Anthony Pratt. Credit:James Brickwood
Pratt, of course, is a keen knower of US politics, once telling a confused Donald Trump that former PM Scott Morrison was “the Donald Bradman of jobs creation”, so no doubt his insights on the latter were welcomed.
Whatever the outcome of the meeting, we don’t think The Oz’s coverage of Pratt the younger could get any more sycophantic.
BEAUTY IS A BEAST
We expected the latest financial results from BWX – the beauty products conglomerate with a majority stake in skincare influencer Zoe Foster-Blake’s Go-To range – to be ugly, but Monday’s announcements to the market was nothing short of beastly.
The $29 million loss for the second half of 2022 – wasn’t that bad compared to the $337 million the company bled in the previous 12 months – but it was the auditor’s note to the accounts, signed off by PwC partner Nadia Carlin that had people recoiling in horror.
Carlin was able to certify – just – that BWX was able to stay afloat for the foreseeable future but it would take support from its bankers and other creditors, a further sell-off of assets and – even then – Carlin referred twice to “material uncertainty” that BWX might continue as a going concern.
BWX chairman Steve Fisher acknowledged on Monday the “concern” and “frustration” among investors whose ranks include Andrew Forrest and wife Nicola Forrest, but said a strategy of concentrating on core business, allocating capital to the profitable bits, cost-trimming and “refreshing” the board and management would get the company back into the black.
Fisher also broke the news that chief executive Rory Gration was out, replaced by Thinus Keeve.
Now all this leaves Foster-Blake in an interesting position. Sure, she copped a valuation downgrade of nearly $30 million last year on the half of her business she retained after selling a 51.5 per cent stake to BWX in 2021 for $89 million – which looks more and more like a dream deal for her.
BWX retains the option of buying Foster-Blake’s 48.5 per cent of Go-To, although we’re not sure if Carlin would be thrilled with that move.
But if the entrepreneur/influencer/children’s author – who splashed out $8.4 million for a new pad in Mosman this year with funnyman husband Hamish Blake and who declined to comment when contacted on Monday – wanted to buy it back, we reckon she might get it for a decent price. #justsaying.
As opposition to an Indigenous Voice to parliament clicks into gear, an eye-catching double act has formed to bolster the cause.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott will join forces with Labor defector Warren Mundine for an appearance at Sydney’s Mosman Liberal branch – the nation’s oldest, founded by Sir Robert Menzies himself – next week to rail against the proposal by the present PM Anthony Albanese, which will go to a referendum at the end of the year.
At this stage, it’s a one-night-only thing, just for the lucky burghers of Mosman, but if Abbott and Mundine put the show on the road, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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