Every city has its own set of characters that everybody is familiar with. Small dramas can make for intense gossip fodder amongst the locals. The drama between artist Romero Britto and restaurant owner Madelyne Sanchez on Miami Beach has become so intense, even people not on Miami Beach know about it—and they want to know even more. Sanchez has finally submitted to an interview with Instagram account onlyindade.
But first, to set the scene, Sanchez operates Tapelia Spanish Cuisine, which isn’t too far from Romero Britto’s gallery, relatively speaking. The two were familiar with each other long before things blew up, according to Distractify, because Britto frequented Tapelia a lot. She says in her interview that she actually had a good relationship with him and found him to be a good patron.
Then one day he came in with a group of friends and essentially asked the servers to shut down the restaurant for them. He was very rude and didn’t spend much money either. Not that this would be an excuse for being rude, but if you take over a restaurant you have to make it worth the effort of the staff.
So, how did Sanchez respond? She showed up at Britto’s gallery with a piece of his artwork. Some say she bought it at the scene, Britto alleged on Instagram long ago that she was gifted the piece. Either way, Britto was compensated for it in some fashion.
In case you’re wondering how much was that pic.twitter.com/lmYEPATDDL
— Moe (@moekh_) August 15, 2020
And then she smashed it:
Brazilian artist Romero Britto visited this woman’s restaurant and treated the employees poorly. She then went to his Miami exhibit to purchase and destroy one of his works.
“Never go to my restaurant and offend my people. I respected you as an artist”pic.twitter.com/0v3ytxjzDC
— rrrubencito ☁️ (@sortarican__) August 14, 2020
An alternate angle:
— Alice (@curiouslycarlos) August 16, 2020
The smash has now been heard around the world. Something about the clip that’s kind of funny to me is Britto’s expression. He almost looks like he’s enjoying himself in that moment, because it’s so wild:
But he probably wasn’t. In fact, later he posted that Sanchez endangered people in the gallery by smashing a heavy object made of porcelain at people’s feet, which is kinda true:
Lol his post on ig… ‘’I was a victim’’ bitch please pic.twitter.com/BhVyhapBbZ
— BMG👑💕 (@BMG0321) August 16, 2020
Some people are in favor of what Sanchez did, saying that bosses rarely stand up for their staff and they absolutely should:
She needs to make this into a stained glass window in her restaurant to always remind her employees that they are respected!
— Michelle Antinarelli (@MJAntinarelli) August 16, 2020
Wish they mentioned her restaurant because I would make a special trip to eat there and support her business. She is the kind of employer that everyone should be
— Michael Rogers (@mrin407) August 15, 2020
Imagine every boss is like this .. folk will never ever have to change/ leave jobs . ❤️❤️❤️ Salute this woman.
— Son of a Caucasian Scammer 🇿🇦 WAP connoisseur 💦 (@Noordien_dyers) August 15, 2020
It’s almost five thousand bucks. What I wouldn’t do with five thousand bucks.
— Miss Guided 🔞 #ACAB #BLM (@MsGuidedButSoft) August 15, 2020
Her serve 🍎🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/qsnoeUv6N1
— rrrubencito ☁️ (@sortarican__) August 15, 2020
And Sanchez defended herself in the interview, of course:
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This still seems like a big escalation if he has been nice every single other time he’s been in Tapelia. I’d prescribe that these two have a serious conversation before anything else gets smashed. On the other hand, then I never would have heard about them and that would be tragic.
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