Barrett Greene, 50, and Thomas Eng, 38 had put a $750 deposit down on the party room for Asian fusion restaurant Amber Village, which was then located at Sixth Ave and 10th Street, in March for their June 9 rehearsal dinner, and booked them to cater the June 10 wedding as well, according to court documents.
However when Amber Village’s senior manager Fong Lin found out about the arrangement, he allegedly told restaurant manager Tommy Ho to cancel the event, and fired him for making the booking.
According to court documents Fong was visibly angry and told Ho that he didn’t want any ‘gay parties’ at Amber Village.
They go on to say that Fong instructed Ho to ‘make an excuse’ and tell Greene that his rehearsal dinner could not take place at Amber Village and that his wedding could not be catered by them, either.
And why, according to the suit, was Lin so against these so-called ‘gay parties’? According to court documents Fong told Ho that it’s “very bad” for Amber Village to book “gay parties” and that big groups of “gay partyers” are especially bad for feng shui,
Greene and Eng’s suit is seeking unspecified punitive damages on the grounds of discrimination, and says the couple never received a refund on their original deposit. The company’s owner, Qi Yeng Lin, was not reached for comment, though court documents allegedly name Fong Lin as Lin’s son. Fong Lin told the Post that the cancellation was because the restaurant was moving locations in June, and Ho was not supposed to accept any bookings.