Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Denied A Seat By "Unprofessional and Nasty" Johnny Rockets Employee

(AllHipHop News) Aretha Franklin is a legendary soul singer for over 50 years, but that does not necessarily mean everyone knows that. Franklin released a statement recently deriding Johnny Rockets for an employees denial of seating Franklin due to a technicality.

Last Tuesday (July 22nd), Aretha Franklin performed a sold out show at Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater inSt, Lewiston, NY as apart of First Niagara Bank’s Tuesdays In The Park.  According to Franklin’s statement, the singer dined at Johnny Rockets in Niagara Falls, Ont.following the show and was informed by a female employee “you can’t sit here because you ordered for takeout.” Franklin did not take kindly to the treatment:

The woman was very rude, unprofessional and nasty – certainly not the appropriate face for Johnny Rockets. No one should be addressed this way, whether a celebrity or not. I told her she can eat and pay for my meal, and left.

A spokeswoman for Johnny Rockets issued an apology for the new and very young employee” in addition to instructing the employee on the takeout policy. While Franklin’s agent David Brokaw states the singer wishes the apology was delivered to Franklin personally, her statement does not rule out Franklin visiting the establishment in the future:

This experience in Niagara Falls will not stop my enjoyment of burgers and cherry Cokes, and talking to the classy and friendly people at Johnny Rockets.


  • Ionno what happened cuz I wasn’t there but Aretha has a track record of being a diva.

  • STFUUIgnants

    She couldn’t just let her take the food out of the bag and get a tray? I’m sue she’s not the first customer to change her mind. LMAO

  • kvl

    Buffalo NY & surrounding areas has some of the finest racism in all the land! This is proof that this young ass bxtch has no idea who Areatha is so she gave her the txt book n!gger treatment by a half ass $3/hr waitress who thinks she can put down anyone who’s black because she thinks she may miss out on $1.80 tip. She had no idea that if she simply treated her nicely that she could’ve got $5 tip out of her…

  • This is only one side of the story. I’d like to know the other side to balance it.

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