Attorney: Buffalo Wild Wings needs to revamp training

Daniel Fowler
November 8, 2019

Justin Vahl, one of the adults at the child's party, recalled walking into the restaurant with a group of almost 20 people - some as young as 5 years old - and the host promptly asking what race he was. What they got was a staff attempting to appease a racist regular.

The attorney representing a group that said they were asked to move seats at an Illinois Buffalo Wild Wings due to their race is calling for the company to be "trailblazers" when it comes to standing up to racism.

Attorney Cannon Lambert detailed the demands the group is seeking.

"A couple minutes went by and the host went up to my husband and asked "what race are you guys?' My husband asked him why it mattered and the host responded that a table with 2 of their 'regular customers" were next to where we were to be seated and he didn't want us sitting there because he's 'racist, '" Vahl wrote, according to the report.

On Oct. 26, Justin Vahl and Marcus Riley brought their family and friends to Buffalo Wild Wings, at 2555 W. 75th St.in Naperville, to celebrate one of the children's birthdays.

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"You can't just turn that switch off and on, you've got to perform every day if you're going to be accepted in a place like this".

Unwilling to cater to the racist proclivities of the couple seated nearby that evening, the group made a decision to ignore the request and stay where they are 'cause, 2019. They left for another restaurant after several managers tried to move them. "Further, we have banned the customer who exhibited the inappropriate behavior from all Buffalo Wild Wings sports bars for life".

"We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved", Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement.

"We are not surprised that you are instituting sensitivity training".

A Buffalo Wild Wings representative told Business Insider that the company "values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind". "There is no need to file a lawsuit if there is no disagreement" by the company. "We are surprised there wasn't any already in place", Lambert said at the press conference.

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