Attire Violation? Marvin Sapp vs. Ruth Chris

The last thing one expects when entering a restaurant after a long day is to be turned away due to their attire.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to award-winning gospel singer Marvin Sapp and his team when they decided to dine at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Chicago.

The group, dressed in casual attire after being a part of this year’s Gospel Fest, was refused service on May 30.

Following the incident, Sapp, who is no stranger to staying connected with his fans and followers via social media, took to Facebook to document the “offensive” experience.


Fox 32’s Tisha Lewis reported that the “proper” attire for Ruth Chris excludes, hats, athletic wear, sleeveless shirts, sweatpants sweatshirts, and T-shirts with offensive graphics of language.

There is no image showing what Sapp and his party of six wore at the time of the incident.

The manager of the Steakhouse restaurant reportedly apologized to the singer and asked if a few of his guests could change clothes. In addition, Fox reports he also offered complimentary drinks and appetizers to compensate the inconvenience.

Is this a case of discrimination or simply a case of dress code violation? What are your thoughts on dining dress codes?

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