The owner of True Kitchen + Kocktails is facing backlash after a viral video surfaced of him addressing twerking patrons at his restaurant.
The video shows True Kitchen + Kocktails owner Kevin Kelley angrily addressing a group of women for twerking to music that the restaurant’s DJ was playing.
“I invested a lot of money into buying this building, into developing this concept, so Black people can have somewhere nice to go to,” Kelley can be heard saying. “Somewhere where we can feel good about ourselves as a culture.”
MANNNNNNN GET TRUE KITCHEN OUT OF HERE!!!!! IDC WHAT HAPPENS YOU NEVER TREAT CUSTOMERS THIS WAY!!!! NEVER GOING HERE AGAIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/17e1LCGOhS
— TRIPLE D DAT!!!!!! (@TRIPLED4LIFE) November 30, 2020
“…All this twerking shit, don’t bring it here because we’re a restaurant,” Kelley continued. “If you wanna do it, get the f**k out my restaurant. Don’t do it again. I don’t want to hear it if you don’t like it, get out because I don’t need your money.”
Kelley is now facing backlash for his remarks on social media, with people pointing out that the DJ shouldn’t be playing music that would make people want to twerk if the owner doesn’t want them doing that in the first place. The lack of people wearing masks in the video, as well as how packed indoor dining is at the restaurant, has also lead to the restaurant facing other criticism as well.
If True Kitchen didn’t want people to twerk in their establishment then they need to tell their dj to not play twerking music. It’s so simple.
— Kennedy ✨ (@HelloKennedi) November 30, 2020
Yes so True Kitchen drama, throw that ass in a circle, twerking, lit off bottles of Dusse, the owner was trippin, yes all of that but did we see ALL THOSE PEOPLE!?
WITH NO MASKS!?
IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANNY!? pic.twitter.com/T65qu7fiD9
— Duchess of Hastings aka Simon Basset’s baby mama (@sirachafierce) November 30, 2020
Alongside the backlash has come plenty of jokes at the restaurant’s expense, including highlighting how overpriced some of its menu items are and its dress code.
ALSO…..we still need to talk about this pic.twitter.com/sRkNTYxLDw
— 🎅🏾🎄🎄CRYCE!! CRYCE DA SAVE YA!! Szn🎅🏾🎅🏾 (@Lebanon_Don) November 30, 2020
But tell me why “No Body Suits” has me WEEPING pic.twitter.com/R7NJteAx20
— Saint Laurent Debutante (@CaIiKapowski) November 30, 2020
Kelley has since offered a more detailed description of the incident on Facebook.
True Kitchen opened on August 21, 2020, on Elm Street in Dallas.