Dallas restaurateur apologizes for telling twerking women to ‘get the f— out,’ claims context misunderstood
Party is over?
A restaurateur from Dallas has apologized for asking a group of customers to leave the facility to leave the factory, but claims their behavior at his new venue is unacceptable and disrespectful after a short clip of the showdown went viral.
Kevin Kelley opened True Kitchen + Kocktails in downtown Dallas in August and was proud to promote the space as a black-owned company that, according to a statement, celebrates “Black Excellence” within the community.
WARNING: Video contains profanity
Things got hot over the weekend, however, when Kelley berated some women for working in the True Kitchen dining room after allegedly – and repeatedly – asking them to quit. The Dallas Morning News reports that the incident occurred Sunday night and that Kelley, addressing his guests, was viewed 3.7 million times as of Tuesday morning.
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“I invested a lot of money in buying this building and developing this concept so that blacks could have a nice place, okay? Somewhere where our people can feel comfortable as a culture, ”Kelley told the room after the difficulties with twerking.
“But all that twerking and s — take it to Pryme, take it to Pink [two clubs in Dallas]Don’t bring it here because we’re a restaurant, ”he said. “In addition, 75% of our customers are women. And I want men to show respect for the way they wear themselves here. How can I tell the men to respect themselves when you’re working on glass here? “
“You want to do it? Get the f — from my restaurant,” Kelley added. “If you don’t like it, go out because I don’t need your money. I have to offer my people something. Don’t do it again . Many Thanks.”
The Twitter user who posted the video titled the clip “Restaurant SUICIDE on camera,” although Kelley’s passionate appeal received mixed reactions. Some applauded Kelley for defending his vision for the restaurant; others criticized him for playing club music in the True Kitchen dining room when such dancing was indeed a problem, and for calling Twerking customers in a larger area.
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On Monday, Kelley posted a comprehensive apology on True Kitchen’s social media channels. He apologized for his “poor choice of words” and shared more about his side of the story.
In the statement, Kelley alleged the Twerking customers were asked to stop several times and injured themselves by dancing on furniture, resulting in a serious speech. Regarding the saga’s soundtrack, Kelley said the restaurant planned to adjust its music selection in the future – with a disclaimer.
“Regardless of what was or is being played, no guest had the right to come into our office building and stand on our furniture while a song was being played,” he argued. “Since twerking is a part of our culture, we don’t embrace the part of the culture that comes into a restaurant, stands on furniture and twerk while using ‘culture’ as an excuse. Would you accept that for your home? “
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“From the start we knew TRUE Kitchen + Kocktails wouldn’t be for everyone, but we hoped everyone would understand that we are moving with a reason to serve comfort foods to a diverse group of customers in ways that Dallas never did was presented, “said Kelley. “We want to show other minority entrepreneurs that they own their building, own their restaurant and can successfully develop their own brand. Nothing can stop my team from doing this. “