Memphis restaurant issues statement on why Tony Parker got turned away, and it’s amazing

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is not exactly the most popular guy in Memphis right now. (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

San Antonio point guard Tony Parker has been scorching the Memphis Grizzlies in their Western Conference Finals playoff matchup.

However, the man is still a celebrity, so when the Memphis restaurant Iris turned Parker away for a meal, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Well, the uproar got so intense so quickly that the fine-dining eatery was forced to make a statement on the matter — and it is freaking spectacular:

At Restaurant Iris we pride ourselves on the service we provide to our guests. From the moment you make a reservation, to when you walk out of our door, it’s our job to ensure you experience both incredible food and service.

That experience begins with a reservation. Due to the size of our restaurant, there is currently a two week delay for a weekend reservation. We would not cancel a reservation that a guest made-and waited two weeks for- in order to make room for someone else without a reservation- celebrity or not. We respect our guests and their time, and appreciate their choice to dine with us.

We are fiercely loyal to our guests and our city. Memphis has been good to us and we will always be faithful to her. We are proud to be a part of Grizz nation and are excited to cheer on our team tonight.


No, for those wondering, we did not add “#gritgrind”, they did.

We here at Gamedayr literally live for die-hard fans, and the amount of respect the managers at Iris just earned from us is absolutely through the roof.

[H/T: @ChrisVernonShow]

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  • Rick Johnson

    Way to go. Celebrities have to learn they cannot walk into a restaurant and get served without a reservation.