ED Magedson – Founder
Annabel's Restaurant1004 Delta Ave Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Annabel's Restaurant and Annabel Stolley Discrimination Cincinnati Ohio
The following outrageous incident occurred today at Annabel's, at about 10:30 a.m. We were three adults (my sister, her husband and me) and their two children (an 11-year-old and 8-year-old). Today was our last opportunity to be together following the funeral yesterday for my dad (he died two days ago; we all flew in from various parts of the country). We asked if we three adults could be seated at the available, set table for four (a "four-top") and if the girls could sit at the two-top next to it. We said that our other brother would be joining us and that he would be the fourth at our four-top. We also said it was not necessary at all to try to time all of our orders to arrive at the same time. Our ability to be together was paramount after an extremely trying day yesterday. The waitress seemed relieved to know that we were fine about the food not being served to us all at once, but she told us that it is Annabel's policy not to accommodate parties of six. My brother-in-law politely explained the extraordinary circumstances of all of us coming in from out of town for our dad's funeral and that this was our last get-together before their flight in a couple of hours. The waitress indicated she understood and kindly seated us. It was an entirely friendly interaction. We three then sat at the table for four, and the two girls sat at the table for two. We had been sitting and chatting for about five minutes when Annabel walked up to us three and, in an entirely friendly and quiet way, told us that she could not serve us because if she did, then other people would expect to be able to come in in groups of six and be served. She said she just could not accommodate us. My sister, next to me, became tearful and quietly asked if she could please make an exception as we were all together for the last time in Cincinnati. Annabel refused and, quietly but firmly, insisted that we all get up and leave.
I have thought a lot about the above incident, which occurred today. I am sure nothing like this will ever happen again in my life (or my family's lives), as it is so bizarre. As I reflect on it, the actions of this restaurant owner strike me as crossing a line into unlawfulness. The restaurant's agent, whom we had every reason to believe was authorized to accept patrons, invited us to be seated. We accepted, and sat down. We in fact were not "a party of six." We were a party of three, soon to be four, sitting at the restaurant's four-top and a party of two, sitting at the restaurant's separate two-top. We did not move, or even ask to move, the two separate tables together. Moreover, a valid legal issue is whether the two individuals sitting at the two-top were even a "party of two" given that they were children (my 11- and 8-year-old nieces). As a matter of law, those two girls were charges of the adults, who constituted a party of three (soon to be four).
The actions of the owner, Annabel, later approaching our table -- after we had been seated for several minutes pursuant to her employee/agent's invitation -- and informing us that we all had to leave was (a) a breach of contract, (b) unlawful discrimination based on familial status or indefensible prejudice, (c) an infliction of emotional distress, intentionally and maliciously. No legitimate reason existed for this owner's unconscionable actions. People were not waiting for tables. The restaurant had at least one other free table in addition to the two-top and four-top where we had been invited to sit down. It was late morning on a weekday.
Accordingly, as an attorney, I reserve all rights in relation to the restaurant from which we were evicted today for clearly unlawful discriminatory reasons.
This is an absolutely amazing story of heartlessness and stupidity and hubris on the part of a restaurant owner. Where is this woman's humanity?
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