Waiter Won’t Let Gay Couple Share Dessert Because It Doesn’t ‘Look Right’
The Prime Rib’s website boasts that it is one of the top five romantic restaurants in America. But a couple who recently dined at the restaurant’s Washington location disagrees: After the man and his partner asked to split an ice cream sundae, they say their server told them two men eating out of the same bowl “doesn’t go with the ambiance of the restaurant.”
Ron Gage, 55, and his partner, Henry McKinnon, 58, didn’t see it coming. They were properly attired in blazers, which the restaurant requires, for their 8:30 reservation. They had been joking around with their server Thursday evening, in what Gage said had been a nice evening until dessert.
“When it came time for dessert, we asked for one sundae with two spoons,” Gage said. Their server “said he would bring it in two separate dishes. He said ‘It wouldn’t look right with two gentlemen eating out of the same sundae. It doesn’t go with the ambiance of the restaurant.’ ”
The pair didn’t know how to react.
“We were speechless, we nodded,” Gage said. “We weren’t expecting it.”
General manager James MacLeod told The Washington Post that he’s trying to piece together the situation.
He told the paper that the waiter is a Bulgarian who speaks four different languages, and that there may have been some confusion over what he was trying to say.
The restaurant, situated a short walk away from the White House, is ranked with four out of five stars according to Google reviews.
However, the score seems to have been dragged down by a number of outraged people who’ve given it one-star as a result of the alleged experience of the gay couple.