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Bondi restaurant apologises to woman who was 'inappropriately dressed'

by Eliza Minns (2021-01-01)


A popular Bondi seafood restaurant has apologised to an Italian backpacker and offered her a free meal after they asked her to leave because of her 'revealing' outfit.  

Martina Corradi wore high-waisted linen pants, high heels and a lace bralet top to North Bondi Fish on Thursday when she and her boyfriend were denied service by staff.  

On Saturday, North Bondi Fish General Manager Gemma Swanson said the restaurant has apologised to Ms Corradi over the 'error of judgement' and offered her a free meal.   

Martina Corradi (pictured) wore high-waisted linen pants, high heels and a lace bralet top to North Bondi Fish on Thursday when she and her boyfriend were denied service

'We have reviewed the incident and acknowledge that it was an error of judgment to ask Martina and her partner to leave the restaurant,' Ms Swanson told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday. 

'We have since contacted Martina, apologised for the error in judgment and invited her and her partner back to enjoy lunch or dinner on us.   

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'We uphold a casual dress code and it is clear that Martina should not have been asked to leave. 

'As a result, we will be re-training all of our staff and management on our protocols including dress code. 

'We pride ourselves in welcoming everyone to enjoy the North Bondi Fish experience.'

North Bondi Fish restaurant (pictured) is popular among locals, influencers and models.

General Manager Gemma Swanson said the restaurant has apologised to Ms Corradi over the 'error of judgement' and offered her a free meal

After being denied service on Christmas Eve, Ms Corradi vented about the incident in the Bondi Local Loop Facebook group.   

'The waitress, as soon as I took a seat, said that I'm not well dressed and this is not acceptable to stay in a place like that,' she wrote to the 100,000 strong group of eastern suburbs residents. 

'I felt very embarrassed and offended at the same time.'

Ms Corradi said she and her boyfriend were speechless at the waitress' comments after they sat down on the terrace in the sunshine.  

'She called the manager and asked him to tell me that this is not how I should dress to go to a restaurant,' she said. 

Ms Corradi uploaded a photo of what she was wearing at the time.   

'I just want an opinion. I don't know, maybe I'm crazy,' she said. 

'Come on we are in COVID time, receitas familia where restaurants are empty, how can you even think to kick someone out for a stupid thing like that?

Sorry if it's inappropriate.'

After being denied service on Christmas Eve, Ms Corradi initially vented about the incident in the Bondi Local Loop Facebook group. 'I felt very embarrassed and offended at the same time,' she said

Ms Corradi took to a community Facebook page to ask locals if her treatment seemed justified

Dozens of locals commented on the Italian national's post, assuring her she 'looked great'.

'I think you look lovely.

Might have been a little underdressed for the opera but definitely not for Bondi beach... half of the people are in their swimmers and towels,' someone wrote.

'It's bloody Bondi! You look fine,' said another. 

'That's ridiculous.
You look great and wearing much more than some I've seen. Don't be embarrassed, they should be though,' protested another.

Someone else added: 'If you were a blonde Australian girl with an Instagram following in that outfit it would have been a different story'.

Others said that while Ms Corradi looked nice, her top slightly resembled a lace bra and could have broken the restaurant's dress code.  

'You are gorgeous.

The top looks a bit like lingerie and your midriff is showing. In restaurants this can be against their dress code,' one person said. 

According to Ms Corradi's Facebook account the stunning European has been living in Australia since 2017.

Part of the Solotel Group, North Bondi Fish specialises in fresh Australian and New Zealand seafood and overlooks Bondi Beach's northern swimming area. 

It is popular among Bondi locals, influencers and models.