Kanye West and Jay Z are touring Europe with their Watsch the Throne show. On the 3rd June they had a phenomenal concert in Antwerp and played before an audience of nearly 20.000.
Kanye West planned to have dinner in downtown Antwerp and had arranged a reservation at Brasserie Appelmans, close to the main square. When Kanye and his entourage arrived at the restaurant the manager had no idea who he was would and did not let him in. He explained the kitchen was closed and advised them to go to a restaurant on the opposite side of the street, Da Giovanni.
Just after they turned Kanye West down, they realized their mistake. An employee told the newspapers they received a phone call explaining who they just turned down. The damage was done.
Eventually Da Giovanni was honored with Kanye’s visit, but the manager and employees didn’t even realize it. It’s only after a journalist’s phone call informing them they just had a famous rapper as guest that they realized it was Kanye West. Allegedly Kanye had a Pizza Quattro Stagioni .
Although Kanye West and Jay Z are popular artists, also in Belgium, attracting tens of thousands of fans, to me it is surprising to see that your regular restaurant manager and employee in Flanders biggest city has no idea who Kanye West is. But would they have recognized Gotye, Muse, J Lo, or any other great artist who will play at the same venue?