Uptown bar pays fine following discrimination accusations

An Uptown Dallas bar has paid a fine and will write letters of apology after the city attorney's office found that the bar violated city code.

According to the city attorney, Kung Fu Saloon Holdings, LLC paid two fees of $400 each on Jan. 26 and will write the apology letters to DeAndre Upshaw and Jesse Okiror, who complained that the Kung Fu Saloon on Routh Street discriminated against them.

Upshaw said he tried to get into the Kung Fu Saloon in mid-May 2014, but was denied admission because he did not meet the dress code. He claimed that all of his friends had the same shoes on, but because they were white, they were allowed in and he was not.

Upshaw launched a social media campaign against the bar and complained to the Dallas City Council.  

The city attorney's office, along with the city's fair housing office, subsequently investigated. The city attorney's office filed two complaints in municipal court against Kung Fu, saying it violated the part of the city code that specifies that a person can't be denied entrance to or kicked out of a public place for not meeting a certain dress code unless the requirements have already been posted clearly in writing at the entrance.

The fines and apology letters were ordered after Kung Fu pleaded no contest.


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