They say all publicity is good publicity, but for True Kitchen and Kocktails owner Kevin Kelley, that might not be the case.
The Dallas restaurant has come under fire after a video showing the owner yelling at patrons for twerking has gone viral.
Restaurant SUICIDE on camera. pic.twitter.com/9Bkr6q3lyF
— DJ Green Villain (@DJGreenVillain) November 30, 2020
In the clip, he tells patrons to “get the f*ck out my restaurant.”
“I invested a lot of money into buying this building, into developing this concept so Black people can have somewhere nice to go to,” the man who appears to be Kevin Kelley says in the clip before telling the DJ to turn the music off. “All this twerking and shit… don’t bring it here because we’re a restaurant.”
“If you wanna do it, get the fuck out my restaurant. 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.”
After the video circulated, the restaurant released a statement apologizing for the “poor choice of wording” but ultimately stands by their decision to address the patrons.
“When the first incidents occurred the guests were politely asked to stop and have respect for themselves and other customers,” the statement reads. “Later, as another video shows, a customer stood on her seat, placed her hands against the glass windows and began to twerk. My immediate reaction was this woman could fall through this window and we could be the target of a lawsuit if she is injured.”
The restaurant claims that it will “adjust” the playlist and “DJ selections” going forward to curb people’s desire to twerk.
“As for twerking 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.
Read the statement in full below:
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Now that you’ve seen what the restaurant has to say, take a look at some reactions to the incident from social media:
“Stay off the furniture” is one thing.
But the “Have some fucking respect for yourself, this is an establishment for decent Black people” vibe is a whole different tone and yall know it.
Twerking or not …
— NOT VAN JONES BUT VAN LATHAN (@VanLathan) November 30, 2020
How you mad at women twerking in your restaurant while having a DJ playing “Body” by Meg Thee Stallion in full blast in your establishment??? pic.twitter.com/wqoUcWWt4V
— Jessica Fyre?? (@TheJessieWoo) November 30, 2020
Me at his restaurant the next day after hearing he don’t want no one twerking at his establishment pic.twitter.com/FofOe3CtAd
— Marty Mar (@takeme2Mar) November 30, 2020
When shawty at true kitchen come twerking on my table pic.twitter.com/0IjjhDEwQa
— Lil Lisp (@NoBeeetch) November 30, 2020
For all you people who want to “support the stance” of True Kitchen’s owner on how he wants a classy environment. Just head over to the IG page to see what they’re actually promoting ? cause it’s clear what type of establishment it is
Ain’t this twerking?? pic.twitter.com/n5UuJyUgk8
— She Who Must Not Be Named ?? (@o_keilani) November 30, 2020
If I walk into an establishment and everybody is drinking these, ima be disappointed if ion see no twerking pic.twitter.com/XVggfyThwc
— King Cobra (@KingHarry06) November 30, 2020
You selling frozen drinks in used D’usse bottles
Called it true kitchen and KOCKTAILS
Got the DJ playin music to shake your ass to.
Selling fried chicken and moet.
$10,000 sections on New Years IN A PANORAMIC.
And TWERKING Is where you draw the line. pic.twitter.com/ce7nwvalWh
— Baby Thug ? ?? ?? (@Mogulsociety) November 30, 2020
Wait…THIS was the twerking he was mad about? And the DJ was literally playing “Throw Dat Ass In A Circle” you have got to be kidding me smskdkdkdkdksks https://t.co/oMYtfc6gzb
— Oh Hell Beckham Jr (@DEFinition223) November 30, 2020