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Greenwich Village Restaurant Owner Sued For Backing Out Of Wedding for Gay Couple

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New York Daily News
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September 18, 2012

The owner of a small chain of Asian restaurants — two in Greenwich Village, of all places — canceled a wedding party after saying gay and feng shui don’t go together, a lawsuit charges.
Newlyweds Barrett Greene and Thomas Eng say the owner violated their civil rights. Greene, 50, is a plumbing contractor from upstate New York, and Eng, 38, is a Manhattan-based computer professional.
They met on a cruise ship in 2004 and had a jet-setting romance before deciding to make it official with a wedding this summer.
They decided to have a rehearsal dinner at Amber Village, and also have their big day catered by the Asian fusion joint at Sixth Ave. and 10th St.
On March 23, Greene met with manager Tommy Ho to plan a rehearsal dinner for 40 and reception food for 200 guests, court papers say. Ho took a $750 deposit for the dinner, charging it to Greene’s American Express card.
Exactly a week later, Ho called to say the event might have to be moved to to Amber, a sister restaurant on Christopher St. — a short stroll from the birthplace of the gay pride movement.
But that plan was short-lived, according to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The couple contends that later that same day, a senior manager of Amber Village — a man identified only as Mr. Fong — summoned Ho.
“Fong was visibly angry and told Ho that he didn’t want any ‘gay parties’ at Amber Village,” the suit charges.