UPDATE 1 PM:
Ignite Restaurant Group has released a full apology:
“We understand one of the photos used in our table décor at our Joe’s Crab Shack location in Roseville, MN was offensive. We take this matter very seriously, and the photo in question was immediately removed,” said David Catalano, chief operating officer of Ignite Restaurant Group. “We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.”
Patrons of Joe’s Crab Shack were seated at their table and served a plate of “What the f**k?”
Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen walked into a Roseville, Minn. crab shack location and saw a picture of an 1896 lynching on their table. Can you imagine the horror?
The photo was captioned, “All I said was ‘I don’t like gumbo!’”
“As you can imagine, seeing that image ruined my appetite and my pre-birthday dinner. It is hard to believe that this type of racism is still going on in 2016,” Allen said in a statement.
The photograph was of Richard Burleson, a man convicted of killing a man with a rock in the 19th century. The customers partnered with the NAACP to demand an apology and insist that the table be removed promptly.
Ignite Restaurant Group released a statement explaining:
“We understand on the photos used in our table decor at our Joe’s Crab Shack location in Roseville, MN was offensive.”
That’s it? No apology? The restaurant’s PR team better scramble to do something quick before the protests roll in.
SOURCE: CBS Minnesota | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform