The owners of Michelin star restaurant Muse, in Yarm, Teesside, have accused two diners of leaving without paying their £150 bill, giving them until Saturday to pay up
Two diners racked up a hefty bill at a Michelin star restaurant before doing a runner without paying, according to the owners.
The slap-up meal at Muse, in Yarm, Teesside, came to £150 but the pair are said to have “just got up and left” without paying their tab.
CCTV stills of the alleged culprits were shared on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Friday morning and a deadline of tomorrow was given before police would be contacted.
The two men can be seen sat on a table outside the venue in shorts and T-shirts.
They had dined at around 8.25pm yesterday, according to the post which was titled: “HELP NEEDED.”
It said: “Please can the two guys that just got up and left without paying their £150 bill at 8.25pm on Thursday 19th May please contact us.
“We just want the bill settled so we don’t have to take this matter any further.
“We don’t really want to make a fuss so give us a call on 01642 788558.
“If anyone recognizes them please urge them to get in touch to settle the bill.
“If we have not received payment by 12 noon Saturday we will be informing the police.”
The Facebook post attracted more than 290 shares in less than 12 hours, with one commenter branding the incident “shocking”.
Another added: “I have shared I hope they pay up!!! It’s just getting worse and worse for businesses!”
Muse is a Michelin star restaurant open for breakfast lunch and dinner.
The Yarm eatery also boasts a licensed pavement cafe.
It comes after a different restaurant owner has slammed a group of “arrogant” customers who talked down and “aggressively grabbed” his waitress.
He said they also refused to leave a tip on their £1,000 bill – and he has vowed to pay the staff member the full amount that the group spent to make up for her mistreatment.
Lee Skeet, who previously worked with Gordon Ramsay but now owns Cora in Cardiff, has said he was approached by his waitress on Wednesday night after the incident involving a group of six “disrespectful” diners.
The group reportedly turned up late for their booking, gulped down seven bottles of wine between them before even starting the first course.
Mr Skeet they were generally rude all evening – culminating in them “aggressively grabbing” the waitress by the arm while complaining about their food.
After the 35-year-old first heard about the incident he was tempted to contact the lead diner to offer them a refund on their food as they’d complained.
But after sending off an email – which he has not received a reply to – he changed his mind.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.