Tom Morello Feuds With Seattle Restaurant That Didn’t Give Him Special Treatment

Last Friday, Tom Morello performed at the 15 NOW benefit to promote raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15. Later that night, the Rage Against The Machine guitarist went to The 5 Point Cafe and was denied entrance due to the place being at capacity. Morello then tweeted that they were rude, anti-worker, and they had the shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Later he offered to forgive the restaurant only if they fully embraced the $15 minimum wage hike. Someone pointed out that it’s not really forgiving them if he has conditions, so now Morello is offering leniency. Check those out below.

Now David Meinert, the owner of the restaurant, has released an open letter to Morello on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which explains that they don’t give special treatment to rock stars, and more importantly, that his restaurant is far more pro-worker than the guitarist alleged. Morello has yet to respond.

For the record Tom Morello — The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

P.S. — rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.

And P.S.S. — I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

P.S.S.S. — turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.

Before all of this went down there was a mini sort-of Audioslave reunion when Chris Cornell joined Morello onstage. You can watch that performance below.

UPDATE: Here’s Morello’s side of the story.