The True Kitchen and Kocktails restaurant in Dallas has come under f!re after a video shows the owner of the restaurant k!cking out guests for tw-erking.
Instead of approaching the customers and asking them to leave, the man in the video can be seen launching into an an-ti-twe-rking rant in which he told the guests to “get the f*ck out my restaurant.”
“I invested a lot of money into buying this building, into developing this concept so Bla-ck people can have somewhere nice to go to,” the man who appears to look like the restaurant’s owner Kevin Kelley says in the now-viral clip before telling the DJ to turn the music off.
“All this twe-rking and sh!t… don’t bring it here because we’re a restaurant.” He then went on to say that “75 percent” of his customers are women, and that they’re somehow d!srespecting themselves by tw-erking. “If you wanna do it, get the f*ck out of my restaurant,” he continued.
“I did it for our people, I did it for our culture. … Don’t do it again. I don’t want to hear it if you don’t like it, get out because I don’t need your money.”
In a response to the video, the restaurant shared a statement apologizing for the “poor choice of wording,” but also as-serts that the customers were in the wrong.
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“When the first incidents occurred the guests were politely asked to stop and have respect for themselves and other customers,” the statement, which assumedly was written by Kelley, reads.
“Later, as another video shows, a customer stood on her seat, placed her hands aga!nst the glass windows, and began to twerk. My immediate reaction was this woman could fall through this window and we could be the ta-rget of a lawsu!t if she is inju-red.”
The restaurant cla!ms that it will “adjust” the playlist and “DJ selections” going forward, but no guest will be allowed to stand on the furniture “because of any song played.” The statement also continues to cr!ticize tw-erking, which seems unnecessary.
“As for twe-rking being a part of our culture, we do not welcome the part of the culture that will come into a restaurant, stand on furniture, and twerk while using ‘culture’ as an excuse,” the statement adds.
As Eater Houston reports, this isn’t the first time that Kevin Kelley, who owns a similar restaurant called Taste Bar and Kitchen in Houston, has been embroiled in drama.
Kelley filed a lawsu!t aga!nst a former business partner Don Bowie, in which he so-called they m!sused funds and st-ole from the restaurant. Bowie filed a countersuit in response and cla!med that Kelley had st-olen recipes for True Kitchen and Kocktails from Taste.
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