At about 8:30 p.m. last night, the atmosphere in Katsuya, the lounge-y Japanese restaurant at the SLS South Beach, will filled with anticipation. Rumor spread through the dining room that Brooklyn Nets player Kris Humphries had made a reservation for dinner -- and that his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, was on her way to the restaurant, too.
We just happened to be there, too, taking advantage of the free champagne and cheap eats the SLS offers ladies on Thursday nights (hey, we can't all be millionaire reality show stars). At first, we were skeptical. But at about 9 p.m., Kim Kardashian strode through the doors of the restaurant, with an entourage of four men in tow.
The five-person dinner party, which included Scott Disick, long-time boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian, took over an eight-seat table. Kim Kardashian looked like, well, Kim Kardashian, petite and smoldering, dressed in a snug black dress with a high neckline and ruffly white collar. Several of the men in the restaurant discreetly noted the size of that famous backside. (We've gotta admit, the paparazzi has not done it justice.)
At first, Kardashian sat at the head of the table, flanked by her entourage on either side. But after a few minutes, she moved around the table to sit on the end, next to Disick, facing the doors of the restaurant. She chatted a bit with her crew, but spent most of her time with her eye on the door -- anticipating Humphries' arrival, perhaps? The other diners at Katsuya were impressively chill; we saw not a single camera snapping photos of the famous faces at the next table over.
At some point, dessert arrived at their table. Kardashian & Co. ate, then, at 9:30 p.m., all five abruptly left the restaurant.
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"She was embarrassed," an onlooker confided. Why? "She realized what she was doing [i.e. awkwardly intercepting her ex-husband in public], and she didn't want to be a part of it."
Of course, it could've just been a publicity stunt; scenes like these are what keep Kardashian's name in the news. But there were no paparazzi or press inside the restaurant (aside from New Times, that is), so Kardashian's publicists had apparently not wanted to involve the entertainment gossip media in the evening. Kardashian's own prolific Twitter feed mentions nothing about her outing.
Perhaps instead she was planning to confront him about their contentious divorce, then chickened out. But she needn't have worried; Humphries never showed -- at least, he hadn't arrived by the time we left the restaurant at about 10 p.m.