The owner of an Asian fusion restaurant cancelled a same-sex wedding party the restaurant was scheduled to host, claiming that “gay partiers are bad for feng shui,” according to a lawsuit.
Barrett Greene, 50, and Thomas Eng, 38, claimed the manager at Amber Village in Manhattan, New York, violated their civil rights.
They allegedly met manager Tommy Ho to plan a rehearsal dinner for 40 people and reception food for 200 guests – plans that were later cancelled by the restaurant.
In March they met Mr. Ho, who took a $750 deposit. One week later, they received a call saying it had to be moved to a different branch.
Later that day, however, senior manager Mr. Fong then “told Ho that he didn’t want any ‘gay parties’ at Amber Village,” the lawsuit claimed.
“Fong instructed Ho to ‘make an excuse’ and tell Greene that his rehearsal dinner could not take place at Amber Village,” stated the lawsuit.
“Fong also told Ho that it’s ‘very bad’ for Amber Village to book ‘gay parties’ and that big groups of ‘gay partiers’ are especially bad for feng shui.”
Mr. Fong subsequently fired Mr. Ho, according to the lawsuit.
The restaurant – located on Christopher Street in the West Viliage – closed in June.