More Than 100 Miamians Are Protesting Outside Salt Baes Restaurant Right Now

No matter your thoughts on the political and economic crises in Venezuela, the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, definitely should not be seen snacking on luxury meats while his constituents starve. This is something of a recurring problem for Maduro.

But getting filmed stuffing his face with delicate, tender morsels of steak hand-cut by Turkish meat douchebag Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe was a bridge too far for many Venezuelans. And now more than 100 people have gathered outside Gökçe's restaurant in Brickell to yell at the Meme Steak Man.

@thenewsjunkie @SabrinaAmbra @c_lane update on the Salt Bae protest in front of his restaurant in Miami.

— Claudia (@TXClaCla) September 19, 2018

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HAPPENING NOW: Protest outside Salt Bae’s Nusr-Et restaurant in Brickell. @nbc6

— Nestor Mato NBC6 (@NestorMatoTV) September 19, 2018

In case you were wondering whether there would be protests at the Miami restaurant over #SaltBae hosting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro in Turkey, here’s your answer. @MiamiHerald @MiamiHeraldFood

— Carlos Frías (@Carlos_Frias) September 19, 2018

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    DEVELOPING: Scores of Venezuelans protest in front of #SaltBae’s restaurant in the Brickell neighborhood of #Miami. They are calling for a boycot of his restaurants after the colorful chef cooked for Venezuela’s dictator Nicholas Maduro. #Venezuela

    — RISE NEWS (@RiseNewsNow) September 19, 2018

    Reviews for Gökçe's steakhouse in Brickell, Nusr-Et (the logo of which is simply a vector illustration of Gökçe's infamous salt-throwing stance) were already less-than-stellar. But the restaurant's Yelp page all week has been showered with anti-Maduro memes and one-star reviews, thus leading Yelp to lock the page for "active cleanup."

    Miamians have now resorted to the time-old tradition of yelling angry reviews directly at the side of the building. They were egged on by Sen. Marco Rubio, who thought a good use of his Twitter platform was to dox Nusr-Et's Brickell address and phone number to demand vengeance.

    Screaming at Salt Bae might seem bizarre, but the world needs more crowds gathering to yell at the glad-handers and yes-men making the lives of criminal aristocrats needlessly comfy. Perhaps we can do this next for the Miami restaurateur who continues to appear at Trump events.

    Jerry Iannelli is Miami New Times' daily-news reporter. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He moved to South Florida in 2015.

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