Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were celebrating their anniversary over the weekend at the District American Kitchen & Wine Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, when their joyous celebration suddenly ended.
According to the couple, who met at the same restaurant, they were enjoying their evening and reminiscing about their first date when they were asked to leave by a manager after sharing a brief kiss.
“My partner and I were reminiscing … in one of the tall booths,” White explained. “I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking.”
A manager approached the ladies and informed them that their behavior “was inappropriate and we needed to leave the establishment,” because they were making others uncomfortable, but they could return the next day for free drinks.
The restaurant, located inside of a Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, received massive criticism after White posted a brief message about the incident on her Facebook page. The hotel issued a statement saying that it is investigating the incident.
“At District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, we embrace diversity and are proud supporters of the LGBT community. We are taking this incident very seriously,” the statement said. “Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy, and we sincerely regret that this incident took place.”
The couple recently met with hotel management to discuss the incident and brainstorm solutions so that it never happens again. Although many would be calling for someone to be fired, Diaz said she’d rather use this as a teachable moment.