Gay Couple Sues Greenwich Village Restaurant For Reneging On Wedding Reception
Barrett Greene and Thomas Eng say the owner and manager of Amber, a Greenwich Village restaurant, violated their civil rights.
On March 23, Greene met with manager Tommy Ho to plan a rehearsal dinner for 40 and reception food for 200 guests, court papers say. Ho took a $750 deposit for the dinner, charging it to Greene’s American Express card.
Exactly a week later, Ho called to say the event might have to be moved to a sister restaurant on Christopher St…
The couple contends that later that same day, the general manager of the restaurant — a man identified only as Mr. Fong — summoned Ho.
“Fong was visibly angry and told Ho that he didn’t want any ‘gay parties’ at Amber Village,” the suit charges.
“Fong instructed Ho to ‘make an excuse’ and tell Greene that his rehearsal dinner could not take place at Amber Village and that his wedding could not be catered by them either.
“Fong also told Ho that it’s ‘very bad’ for Amber Village to book ‘gay parties’ and that big groups of ‘gay partyers’ are especially bad for feng shui.”
Then, according to the suit, Fong fired Ho, who could not be reached for comment.