Kansas Republican Lawmakers, Lobbyists Banned From Restaurant For Being Too Drunk, Loud

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A spoon, knife, fork and table mat for one person's meal. Lawmakers and lobbyists were banned from a Topeka, Kansas, restaurant for allegedly being rowdy. Chaloner Woods/Getty Images

A group of Republican state lawmakers and several lobbyists were asked to leave a popular Topeka, Kansas, restaurant after they allegedly got too rowdy on February 27, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The group of 12 were seated in the small restaurant and reportedly proceeded to order multiple drinks. Republican representative Blaine Finch ordered five Old Fashions in a 90-minute period of time The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The manager of the restaurant, Cassidy Merriman, told The Topeka Capital-Journal that she made an exception for the party of 12, a party twice the size of those they usually seat in the small restaurant. She also said that the group was rowdy enough to disturb the other guests at dinner and that one couple even said they couldn't hear one another talk over the group.

Finch's office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment, but The Ottawa Herald published a statement from Finch. "Let me be clear, I've never been asked to leave a business, and I know of no legislator who has. At the end of the day, we can't let this kind of tabloid gossip get in the way of the work that needs to be done for our state," Finch said, The Ottawa Herald reported.

Merriman said she spoke to the group at their table and asked them to lower their voices and spoke to Finch personally to explain she would no longer serve him alcohol that night. After her talk with Finch, the table reportedly began cursing and one member of the dining party allegedly went to the kitchen to yell at a chef, that's when Merriman called the restaurant's owner, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Restaurant owner Adam VanDonge told the party they were not welcome back due to their behavior. The restaurant also posted on Facebook to remind guests of their policies. "Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that we need to be more explicit about our alcohol policies at The White Linen," said the post. "We want to ensure our guests, who are on their best behaviors, that we will enforce Kansas alcohol laws that require us to refuse to overserve individuals who are visibly intoxicated/incapacitated and, therefore, may not be on their best behaviors," the post said.

The restaurant has a 4.9 rating out of 5 on the Facebook page with reviews from nearly 100 people. Comments from those on the restaurant's page supported The White Linen. "Man, you shouldn't even have to spell this out…," wrote one person while another said, "Thank you for you continued pledge to excellence!"