Gospel singer Marvin Sapp recently visited a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Chicago, IL following his performance at the Chicago GospelFest and had an unfortunate experience due to a phenomenon that is becoming all to common in today’s society: blatant racism.
According to Marvin, he and a few of his friends entered the restaurant to have dinner while in town for the performance. Upon entering, Marvin and his party were promptly approached and informed that they would not be permitted to eat in the restaurant, supposedly due to their overly-casual attire. Before they were asked to leave the premises altogether, the manager insisted that the restaurant required its’ patrons to be dressed in business casual attire in order to receive service. However, upon scanning the crowd of customers who were already present and dining, Marvin says he noticed a variety of different attire ranging from jeans and t-shirts to business suits. It then became apparent to him and the rest of his party that the refusal of service had nothing to do with the way they were dressed but everything to do with the color of their skin.
Instead of making a scene in the restaurant, which would have been well warranted considering the ridiculous circumstances, Mr. Sapp asked for the business card of the General Manager and left the establishment. He then posted the business card on his Facebook page, along with a brief account of the incident to call the restaurant out for their shamelessly racist actions.