A gay couple is attacking the Prime Rib restaurant in Washington, D.C., claiming it is anti-gay after a waiter served them an ice cream sundae in two bowls rather than one.
The couple — Ron Gage and Henry McKinnon — said they had a nice evening at the renowned romantic restaurant until dessert arrived. “When it came time for dessert, we asked for one sundae with two spoons,” Gage said. The server indicated he would bring their dessert in two dishes because — according to Gage — it “wouldn’t look right with two gentlemen eating out of the same sundae. It doesn’t go with the ambiance of the restaurant,” the Washington Post reported Monday.
“We were speechless,” Gage said.
Angry over what they allege was a clear display of discrimination, the couple wrote reviews on Facebook and Yelp about their bad experience.
“It was so humiliating,” McKinnon said. “It was unbelievable how it made us feel.”
The restaurant’s general manager, James MacLeod, said he was still looking to understand what had occurred and hadn’t yet been able to talk with the server.
MacLeod added, however, that the waiter is Bulgarian, and that English is not his first language. “I am not sure if he got confused as to what he was saying, or how he was saying it,” MacLeod said.
After the couple took posted their review on Yelp, other users shamed the restaurant. “Me and my family will never eat here again. A homophobic restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 2017. SMH,” one user wrote, while another posted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” A third user posted, “Never again will I set foot here.”
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