restaurant identities


Muslim-owned restaurant serves free meals to anyone in need — no questions asked

  • In Montreal, a cold winter brings out some warm hearts. 
  • One eatery called Marché Ferdous has been giving away free meals to anyone who needs it, Canadian news site Global News reported. 
  • The restaurant crew originally wanted to help the crowd of homeless people who gather near a church next door
  • So it posted a sign that reads “People with no money welcome to come eat free.” Read more

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“Angel Shots” aim to help women protect themselves from potentially dangerous dates

  • One Florida restaurant is taking bad dates into its own hands. 
  • St. Petersburg The Iberian Rooster has developed the “Angel Shot,” an off-menu special created for women to order when they’re in need of an escape or safe escort from a potentially dangerous situation.
  • The Angel Shot isn’t actually a drink that will be shaken up, but rather a code to alert the bartender that the woman ordering it needs some help.
  • A sign posted in the women’s restrooms, which has since been seen on multiple Instagram and social media accounts, gives instructions to women who may feel unsafe or uncomfortable in the company of a strange date. Read more

Yelp study reveals the disturbing way we view white and black neighborhoods

A new study in the Journal of Consumer Culture examined attitudes towards two swiftly gentrifying New York City neighborhoods — Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is predominantly black, and Greenpoint, which is predominantly white — and compared the tenor of restaurant reviews for each. Their findings depict a racially tinged double standard.

In Anthony Bourdain’s decades of experience running restaurants, very rarely did he see “American-born kids” willing to “start at the bottom” as a a night porter or a dishwasher. In his words, Latin American immigrants are the “backbone of the industry” — and statistically, he’s not wrong.


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Grenache — a restaurant in Manchester, U.K. — is trying to make a small difference in the world by not discriminating in who they hire.

One of their employees, 45-year-old waiter Andy Foster, has autism. Recently Foster and Grenache owner Mike Jennings learned not everyone is ready for the change they wish to see.

According to a Facebook post, customers asked Jennings, “What is wrong with [Foster]?” and “Why did you give him a job?” When Jennings told them Foster had autism, they refused to let him be their server.

But it was really the customers’ loss, as there is empirical proof Foster is a great server.

Restaurant sparks anger with “Black Olives Matter” sign

An Italian restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is facing backlash after putting “Black Olives Matter,” a pun on Black Lives Matter, on its sign. Paisano’s owner Rick Camuglia said he received hate mail and angry phone calls in response, some calling him a racist. Rather than apologize, Camuglia brushed off and belittled the concerns.

This lawmaker wants to make it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom 

Rep. Frank Artiles. is a Miami Republican in the Florida legislature who thinks that using a restroom is a choice — especially if you’re transgender. That’s why he feels no compunction about his introduction of the Single-Sex Public Facilities Act, a law which would make it a crime for transgender people to use single-sex public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity in restaurants, workplaces and schools. “Violators” face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Utterly absurd logic he’s using to hide his transphobia
Study illuminates why multiracial Americans almost never call themselves white
New Pew research is a reminder that identity is informed by more than just mathematical calculations of heritage.
By Jenée Desmond-Harris

“The study revealed that people who identify as multiracial say they experience discrimination based on the part of their heritage that is not white. Here’s how Pew explained it in the write-up (emphasis added):

For multiracial adults with a black background, experiences with discrimination closely mirror those of single-race blacks. Among adults who are black and no other race, 57% say they have received poor service in restaurants or other businesses, identical to the share of biracial black and white adults who say this has happened to them; and 42% of single-race blacks say they have been unfairly stopped by the police, as do 41% of biracial black and white adults. Mixed-race adults with an Asian background are about as likely to report being discriminated against as are single-race Asians, while multiracial adults with a white background are more likely than single-race whites to say they have experienced racial discrimination.”

“According to Pew, other factors that help shape the way people label themselves, and even inspire some Americans to check just one box despite the fact that their parents each checked a different one, are the following: how they look or think they look, who raised them, and which race they identify with (which is no doubt shaped in part by their looks, their upbringing, and the discrimination mentioned above).When asked why they don’t identify as multiracial, about half (47%) say it is because they look like one race. An identical share say they were raised as one race, while about four-in-ten (39%) say they closely identify with a single race. And about a third (34%) say they never knew the family member or ancestor who was a different race. (Individuals were allowed to select multiple reasons.)

Whether it’s good or bad that people feel obligated to categorize themselves at all is the topic of an ongoing debate. But what’s clear — and what this new study further illuminates — is that while racial identity is informed by a lot of things, mathematical equations that slice up heritage into equal proportions divorced from their social context aren’t anywhere near the top of the list.”

Small Town Girls - Yelena and Regina

It was a little difficult to make a fresh start when you barely felt like a person, but Yelena was trying. She had managed to find a place in a fairly sizable town in the country, hoping that no one would bother her here. She wanted to appear only as a foreign girl trying to find her way in America, rather than someone suspicious. She had kept quietly to herself for a few weeks here now, working at the local restaurant under a fake identity. 

She was on her way home one afternoon after working the morning when she heard commotion from an alleyway. As she passed, she looked out of the corner of her eye and saw what looked like two adult men cornering a small boy, who was backed up against the wall. She stopped, all sorts of thoughts running through her head.

Don’t get a hero complex. Don’t make a scene. Don’t draw attention to yourself. 

Her thoughts had never stopped her from being impulsive before, and they didn’t now. She confronted the men, and they turned away from the boy, targeting her instead. It sounded like they wanted money, but she didn’t want to spend too much time trying to make sure.

So when the first man launched a punch at her, Yelena’s widow instincts kicked in, and she launched herself up, grabbing him around the neck with her thighs. She threw him to the ground, pinning him. The other man gave her a terrified look, running away before she could get to him. Yelena held the other man to the ground for a moment, pulling his head up by the hair. 

“If I see you around these parts again, I’ll snap your neck. Это понятно?” 

So much for innocent, demure foreign girl. The man nodded, and once Yelena released him, he scrambled away too. When Yelena stood up, she saw the boy gaping. 

“That was so cool!”