Gospel Star Marvin Sapp Denied Service at Popular Restaurant Because of Attire

Chart topping gospel singer Marvin Sapp says he's never been so offended in his life.

Sapp says Ruth's Chris Steak House turned him and his party of six away because of their attire, stating they only serve individuals dressed in business casual attire.

He posted about the experience on his Facebook page. “I can't comment at this time. I do apologize, I am very sorry but John Deveney, you can contact him,” said Ruth's Chris General Manager Huntington Turner.

So we did.

Fox 32's Tisha Lewis reports at Ruth's Chris Steak House proper attire is required. The following items are not permitted:
Hats or caps
Athletic wear or sleeveless shirts
Sweatshirts or sweatpants
T-shirts with offensive graphics or language

A few people in Sapp's group were reportedly wearing sweatpants but Sapp clearly felt like the restaurant had treated him unfairly.

“Oh, for God's sakes… Right, right, I mean we're all in jeans and a sweatshirt, it's crazy,” said Sherry Emery.

On Sunday, Emery and her party of seven were turned away.

“I was told that my 12 year old son was inappropriately dressed so we couldn't eat our dinner and it was my dad's 82nd birthday,” said Emery.

When asked if she knew about the dress code Emery responded, “I don't know. It makes sense but for a 12 year old it seems a little extreme.”

For Sapp, he called it a double standard.

“I don't blame him, people wear sweatpants… Yeah, that's just crazy. Well they lost a nice amount of business tonight,” said Emery.

In Sapp's case, Fox 32 News has learned the manager apologized and asked if some of his guests could change clothes. The manager also offered to provide complimentary appetizers and drinks to make up for the inconvenience.

By then, it was too late.

Source: Fox 32 Chicago

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