Man says he was turned away at Tiki Bar & Grill for wearing American Legion vest

American Legion vest worn by Jeff Gage.
American Legion vest worn by Jeff Gage.

A man told Sebastian Daily that management from the Tiki Bar & Grill in Sebastian asked him to remove his vest because they violate their No Colors policy.

“So yesterday I was asked to take off my vest at the Tiki Bar in Sebastian. Apparently, they do not support Veterans or Values. Do not support this Business. God Bless America,” Jeff Gage told Sebastian Daily.

In August 2017, several Sebastian bars banned motorcycle colors and vests following an incident at Earl’s Hideaway Lounge with an individual and a biker gang. Since then, there’s been a controversy on whether Veterans can wear their vests, which most say does not break the rule.

Gage, who isn’t a Veteran but belongs to the American Legion, does not have gang-related patches on his vest. Gage wears a large “American Legion Riders Sebastian Chapter 189” patch, which is not a violent gang.

“You know us. The people who volunteer for nearly every event that goes on in the City of Sebastian. Show me one thing on this Vest that offends you or makes you feel uneasy. I’m really pissed. You haven’t heard the last of this story,” Gage said.

Sebastian Daily then reached out and spoke with the management at Tiki Bar & Grill. The management said they have a No Colors policy and that other bars in town have the same restrictions. Management said they spoke with Gage and explained this to him. The Tiki Bar & Grill fully supports the American Legion.

“We can’t ban one club from wearing a vest and allow another. Nobody is being discriminated against or refused service,” the management said in a statement.

Jeff Gage's American Legion vest.
Jeff Gage’s American Legion vest.

The management also said they didn’t ask Gage to leave, but asked him to turn the vest inside out.

But Gage and several others say his vest has nothing to do with a biker gang.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.