Restaurant refuses service from Christian group over anti-abortion and LGBTQ stances

A restaurant in Richmond, Virginia refused to hold a private event for a conservative Christian organization because of the group’s stance on same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

The restaurant, Metzger Bar and Butchery, called itself an ‘inclusive’ establishment that rarely refused service to willing customers, but said it refused service to the group in a bid to protect its staff, many of whom are women or members of the LGBTQ+ community. community.

“Recently, we refused to serve a group that had booked an event with us after the owners of Metzger discovered that it was a group of donors to a political organization that seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ people of their basic rights in Virginia,” the establishment said in a recent Instagram post.

The move was consistent with Metzger’s past practices and was made out of respect for its staff, according to the post.

“We have always refused to serve anyone for making our staff feel uncomfortable or unsafe and that was the driving force behind our decision,” the post read. “All of our employees are people with rights who deserve dignity and a safe work environment.”

He added that he strives to create a work environment where his staff “can do their jobs with dignity, comfort and safety”.

In a subsequent Instagram post, the restaurant thanked its customers for supporting the establishment after the incident. Metzger included an image of a cocktail named “Cracks in the Foundation” and said he would donate all proceeds from sales to Equality Virginia, an organization that champions LGBTQ equality.

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Former student of “Top Chef”

The restaurant’s head chef and co-owner, Brittanny Anderson, entered the “Top Chef” cooking competition.

The president of the Christian group, called The Family Foundation, wrote a blog post after last week’s episode titled, “We’ve been canceled! Again.”

“Have you ever been denied a meal because of your beliefs?” Last night our team and supporters had this first-hand experience when Metzger’s Bar and Butchery in Richmond, Virginia refused to serve our pre-booked event, leaving us scrambling moments before. Victoria Cobb wrote.

Cobb said one of the restaurant owners called her to cancel the reservation about an hour and a half before the event was to start.

She compared the experience – and the cultural climate today – to “the 1950s and early 1960s, when people were denied food service because of their race.”

She then appealed to readers for monetary donations.

“Would you consider a donation today to support our efforts to ensure that no Virginian ever has to worry about being denied a simple meal because of their religious beliefs?” the read message.

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