Tony Parker Denied Service At Memphis Restaurant Iris


The San Antonio Spurs are in Memphis with a 2-0 series lead and all the momentum in their series with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Spurs star point guard Tony Parker wanted a bite to eat, and headed to the Restaurant Iris,which is run by acclaimed chef Kelly English.

Parker is an all NBA point, a food connoisseur and now he can relate to the many people who haven’t been able to get into a restaurant after being turned away from Iris according to the Big Lead.



Head chef Kelly English then tried to justify why Parker was turned away from a restaurant in the rival city, and then tried to explain to the world that it wasn’t done on purpose.



Iris coincidently doesn’t have any tables available for Parker until after the series returns back to San Antonio.



The restaurant seeing that a storm was brewing, released a statement on the treatment given to Parker.

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.



10 thoughts on “Tony Parker Denied Service At Memphis Restaurant Iris

  • Was Tony Parker denied service because he plays for the Spurs, or because he is black? Since this restaurant is located in the Memphis, I’m going with black. I don’t live in the south (Thank God), but I know that it’s 2013, and Jim Crow still exists in certain regions south of the Mason Dixon line!

    • U sound very stupid and im thankful u dont live in the south you would be a disgrace lame ass loser

    • Sir. Memphis is one of the blackest cities in America… and Chef Kelly does serve African-Americans.

      (Coming from someone who has ONLY lived in the South. Memphis born and raised! And yes, I’m African American.)

    • Neither. He wasn’t given a reservation because they didn’t have a table for him and the restaurant won’t cancel a standing reservation just because someone famous waits until a Friday to make same day reservations. Too bad for Parker because Chef English serves up some mighty fine food.

    • The dumbest, most racist comment anyone could make.

  • Tony Parker was denied a table because there is a two week wait to get a table at Restaurant Iris and they don’t cancel someone’s reservation who has been trying to eat there for two weeks just because a celebrity walks in.

  • Big deal! The restaurant has a waiting list that’s two weeks out. Would you expect them to bump someone with reservations?

  • Kudos to Restaurant Iris for not breaking it’s policy for a “celeb”. Only 13 tables at a restaurant with a 2 week waiting list…so Tony Parker (or anyone else) should bump others, who made a reservation. His “people” should do their due diligence next time.

  • Tony Parker was not “turned away.” His hotel called to make the reservation and was told there was no availability. That’s it. His race and his team affiliation had nothing to do with it. Jesus himself could not get into a 13 table restaurant by trying to make a reservation for two tables the day of.

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