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Tony Parker denied service at exclusive Memphis restaurant

By Eric Morales     May 25, 2013 in Sports
Memphis - A Memphis restaurant owner insists it's not what it looks like when it comes to the Spurs star point guard being denied service.
With the San Antonio Spurs up 2-0 over the Memphis Grizzlies and playing Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Tony Parker and a group of friends walked into Restaurant Iris on Monroe Avenue in Memphis yesterday and asked for a table. They were denied.
However the owner of Restaurant Iris, Chef Kelly English according to CBS Sports says it wasn't because Parker is a member of the Spurs roster and will be going head to head with the hometown team at the FedEx Forum.
"We have a thirteen table restaurant. There have been times I couldn't get my wife or parents in. I can't create a table, Tony Parker or not." Chef English stated on Twitter.
The 31-year-old veteran Spurs player didn't make a big deal about the incident in Saturday's shoot around, stating that he usually gets room service anyway.
According to the Restaurant Iris' menu the establishment offers crudo of gulf snapper, ossabaw lardo, grapefruit and burnt butter, or lobster “knuckle sandwich” with tarragon and tomatoes among other dishes for starters. You can continue on with either a “surf and turf” of New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese or Montana lamb rack, parsnip and cippolini ragoût, local mustard greens.
The restaurant requires a reservation, which Parker did not have, a typical meal at Restaurant Iris will cost you $85 with wine, $60 without and a twenty percent gratuity for a party of six or more.
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