October 21, 2020

Black mother and son speak out after being denied service at Baltimore restaurant

Marcia Grant and her 9-year-old son Dallas were turned away from being seated at Ouzo Bay, an upscale Greek restaurant in Maryland’s most populous city over the weekend. Grant used her cellphone to capture the confrontation with the restaurant’s manager on camera and later posted the footage on Facebook.

An unidentified employee is seen telling Grant that her son’s outfit violates the restaurant’s dress code. The video shows Dallas wearing an Air Jordan t-shirt with athletic shorts and sneakers. Grant then turns the camera toward a white boy wearing a similar outfit who was dining outside at the restaurant.

“I can’t really say why they wouldn’t let me in the restaurant originally. But once I pointed out to the guy that there was a white kid there with similar dress, I can only imagine that it was based on the fact that Dallas was Black,” Grant told ABC News on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan.

“I kept on insisting that, you know, the white kid has the same thing that Dallas has on, why won’t you let my son in,” she continued, holding back tears. “He just would not, regardless of how hard I pushed for [Dallas].”

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