UPDATE: “We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved. Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” said a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson in an email statement.
When a group of 18 mostly African-American customers went to Buffalo Wild Wings on October 26, they allege they were asked to move because of their ethnicity.
Mary Vahl made a Facebook post that now has 2.6K comments, describing the incident at the 75th Street location. Her husband, Jim, was asked, “what race are you guys?” by the host because two of the restaurant’s regulars didn’t want the group of six adults and 12 children to sit next to them.
The group decided they still wanted to sit at the table they had reserved, but eventually a manager came up to them and told them they had to move. After multiple managers asked the group to change tables, they chose to leave to another restaurant.
This is what a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said in an email statement:
“We take this alleged incident very seriously and are conducting a thorough, internal investigation. Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We’re in direct communication with the guest to understand their account of what happened and to offer our deepest apologies for any unacceptable behavior.”
Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.