Kathleen Hampton was distraught after her Valentine’s Day dinner went awry, according to court documents.

She and her husband had a late lunch on Feb. 14 followed by a movie, according to the documents, which were obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive.

But Hampton’s husband was still stuffed from the 2:30 p.m. meal. So by the time their dinner reservation time came around, he skipped out on dining with his wife at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, a restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Kathleen Hampton went anyway.

“I had a strange feeling when I got there but I didn’t think anything about it until the next set of incidences happen,” the court documents read.

Hampton says she was seated after other patrons, who had arrived after her. When she told a server that she was ready to order, Hampton says she was instead asked to leave.


“I was so hurt I’ve never experienced this before here in Portland and I was crushed,” the documents state. “I even gave them away [sic] out by saying I will do take out and they told me they don’t do take out. That was the final straw. I’ve never heard of a food place not having to go.”

Hampton was “devastated,” the documents state, and discussed the incident with family and friends. Then she filed a $100,000 lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, and requested an apology.

“I have never, ever been so embarrassed and humiliated in my life,” Kathleen Hampton told KOIN 6 News, a CBS affiliate in Portland.

Hampton told KOIN that she suspected racial discrimination, saying: “I didn’t fit their decor in there … I was the only African-American.”


The owner of the restaurant, however, pushed back on the charge. Enzo Lanzadoro gave the Oregeonian a much different account of the evening.

“She made reservation for two and when she got there, said ‘oh just by myself,'” Lanzadoro explained. “We offered for her to sit at the bar with other single diners since Valentine’s Day is very busy and all we know is she got up [from the table] and left without paying after she drank two glasses of wine.”
When asked whether a waitress told Hampton to leave during the evening, Lanzadoro seemed confused.
“Why would we do that? Any sensible person would not do that,” Lanzadoro replied.

Neither Hampton nor Enzo’s Caffe Italiano immediately returned telephone messages from The Post on Thursday.