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25 Black People Kicked Out of Restaurant Because 1 White Woman Felt Threatened

A South Carolina man and several of his friends say they were refused service at a Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston last month and asked to leave. 

The reason: Michael Brown and his group of 24 friends and family members are African-American, and another customer – a white woman – complained that she felt threatened by the group.

That’s according to Brown, who was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston with a night out at the Wild Wing Cafe.

As Brown and the shift manager were talking, a member of his party began videotaping the conversation, which is when the manager became upset and refused to seat the group.

Brown took his beef to social media, and the story went viral.

After Brown posted this on the restaurant’s Facebook page, he finally got a call from the corporate office:

The restaurant offered Brown and his family a free meal for the entire group. But Brown isn’t completely satisfied.


This story is rather old, but I could not ignore it, because it seemed to me some kind of outrageous nightmare! It’s like a leap in time to 50 years ago, when segregation was in full force, when blacks had separate toilets and had no right to be in the same room with whites!

The manager didn’t ask the white woman to leave. Apparently this must be their policy to cater more to non blacks. If the black people were frequent patrons , why were they not respected as such. 

Some people are not afraid of other races, they’re just pure racists.


The Brown’s Chicken Massacre took place on 8 January, 1993, in Palatine, Illinois, United States. Two assailants stormed Brown’s Chicken Restaurant and systematically gunned down seven people which included the married owners, 50-year-old Richard Ehenfeldt and 49-year-old Lynn Ehlenfeldt, 46-year-old Guadalupe Maldonado, 16-year-old Michael Castro, 17-year-old Rico Solis, 32-year-old Thomas Mennes and 31-year-old Marcus Nellsen. The assailants then robbed approximately $2,000 - a meagre price for seven innocent lives. The case went unsolved for the following nine years until authorities received a tip off from the ex-girlfriend of one of the assailants. She had explained that she hadn’t come forward sooner due to being threatened by her boyfriend. James Degorski and Juan Luna, a former employee, were finally apprehended and linked to the senseless murders via DNA. They were sentenced to life imprisonment. 

A Taste of the Hollywood Life

In the golden era of Hollywood, legendary restaurants such as the Brown Derby, Romanoff’s, La Rue, Perino’s, and Scandia attracted celebrity clientele and high society with some of the finest culinary delights, impeccable service, and the chance to see and be seen.

Among these notable restaurants in Los Angeles that flourished from the1930s through the 1960s were the Brown Derby Restaurants. The most famous of the four Derbies, the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929, located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. It was the hub of Hollywood - surrounded by broadcasting studios, theaters, and movie studios. Its signature brown leather booths were purposely designed low to encourage table hopping among its celebrity patrons.  For those who ate at the restaurant, it was important to have your cartoon drawn by Eddie Vitch, and have your caricature hang on one of the adorning walls. The Brown Derby Restaurants photographs depict film stars, studio executives, and other industry insiders dining at the popular eatery. Below is a Hollywood Brown Derby menu, circa 1930s, from the William Beaudine papers.

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The Hollywood Brown Derby menu featured a few simples dishes meticulously prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. The restaurant emphasized its quality of ingredients and some dishes were sponsored by the celebrity patrons themselves. Dorothy Lamour, who was Miss New Orleans in 1931, contributed a New Orleans Shrimp Creole recipe to the menu. Louella Parsons’ request for a nonfat desert was the inspiration behind the Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake. The famous Cobb Salad, named after restaurateur Robert Cobb, was served on an ice cold plate with a cold fork and old Fashioned French Dressing at the table side.

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Across town on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, there was another restaurant that attracted a heady mix of Hollywood stars and high powered agents. Founded by vaudevillian Dave Chasen in 1936, Chasen’s began to build a celebrity following that included Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan, and Marilyn Monroe. While filming Cleopatra (1963), Elizabeth Taylor popularized Chasen’s when she requested their famous chili to be shipped to her shooting location in Rome. The restaurant’s specialty was Hobo Steak – a rich sirloin baked in salt and sautéed in butter, sliced tableside. Another signature dish, the Deviled Beef Bones – breaded ribs made from the standing prime rib roast had to be ordered a week in advance. Chicken Curry was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite dishes, Lucille Ball loved the Creamed Spinach and Banana Shortcake, and Jimmy Stewart customarily dined on small amounts of the thinly sliced Calf’s Liver. Below is a Chasen’s menu from the W.C. Fields papers.

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Other notable menus in the Margaret Herrick Library’s Special Collections include autographed menus collected by Nelda M. Siegmund from 1933 and 1934. The collection includes two menus from Tijuana, Mexico establishments, the Hotel Agua Caliente and the Foreign Club Cafe de Luxe, both autographed by numerous Hollywood film personalities.