Popular restaurant franchise Houston’s isn’t here to get trolled or protested against. The steakhouse’s Atlanta location has come forward to speak out on discrimination accusations.
Following publicized outcries and social media taunting, the ATL hotspot has issued a statement.
We have employed a diverse, hard-working staff serving Atlanta’s similarly diverse clientele for many years. Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone. Our restaurants are not set up to accommodate large groups, with only a limited number of tables that can accommodate large parties together. Our Houston’s in Atlanta recently instituted a policy whereby large parties of 7 or more will not be split into separate groups at different tables, which means that larger groups may not be able to dine with us at certain times. We decided to close our Lenox Houston’s today from the anticipation of protests and threats made against the restaurant and staff members. We will always choose the side of caution when it comes to protecting our valued staff and guests.
Last night, rap star T.I. took his Houston’s protest to the streets.
Earlier the same day, both T.I. and Rick Ross took to Instagram to show their boycott support.
Actress Ernestine Johnson went to IG Friday (October 6) with a handful of accusations against Houston’s.
My team and I were DENIED service @houstonslenox because we had a party of 7. Even after we agreed to split up and become 2 totally SEPARATE tables of 4 and 3 with separate bills and separate sections they STILL turned us down and asked us to leave because they "couldn't accommodate us." Meanwhile this party of SEVEN sat and ate comfortably
I feel like @mrjaymorrison and I were completely discriminated against today at @houstonslenox ! We had a party of 7 and were told they do not seat more than 6. We said fine we will seat 4 and 3 at separate tables. They said we don't split tables. I said we aren't asking you to split tables we are separating ourselves and we are completely fine with different checks and different sections. They said no and still refused us! When asked why they had no sound reason. I felt completely disrespected at a business I have been patronizing for years! Has anyone else ever felt discriminated against at this business? SWIPE TO SEE PICTURES OF PARTY'S OF MORE THAN 6 AT HOUSTON'S!!! #Atlanta #BoyCottHoustons