Six employees work at a Bloomfield Hills steakhouse. I walked out of the jobFor allegedly creating a racist work environment. According to a lawsuit filed against Eddie Merlots along with Curtis Nordeen, the restaurants general manger Curtis Nordeen, James Gaines (a Black sous-chef) and his coworkers claim they warned Nordeen that if he didn’t stop making racist comments they would fire him. Staff claim that Nordeen refused change and offered workers a raise.
According to the complaint, Nordeen is accused of laughing about watermelon going down the throats for Black children. He also mocked Sunday Church hats worn Black women by Black women. He also accused of accusing Black customers with being on drugs and making other racially charged comments. He is also accused in implementing Jim Crow segregationAccording to the filing he said that he wanted Black server to serve Black customers as it made him feel more comfortable than having Caucasian server do so.
According to the Metro Times Attorney Zach Runyan claims that the restaurant sided with Nordeen, and that during a labor shortage, he let employees quit rather that stopping the racist behavior. Although Eddie Merlots should be upset more than anyone by the behavior of Mr. Nordeen, it does not seem to be the case. The restaurant, which has locations in many states, issued the following statement in response to the allegations: Eddie Merlots is an employer that does not discriminate. We take these allegations seriously. On advice from counsel, we have no comment on the pending litigation. The restaurant group did no comment on Nordeens’ employment situation due to the pending litigation.
Saffron de Twah welcomes the Community Kitchen
Saffron De Twahs Saffron Community Kitchen has won an Eater Award and is hosting a Community Day. There will be a pay what you like Moroccan-style dner-kebabs and meals for those in poverty. Planted Detroit will donate traditional batbout (Moroccan flatbread), and all the fixings. Anyone can pick up and distribute meals. The popular halal restaurant will be partnering with US Food Rescue Detroit to launch an eight-day-long Chicken Sandwich Week. Chef Omar Anani, who is known for his delicious Moroccan chicken sandwiches, will be making the rounds. All proceeds from Friday’s kebab sales go to Community Kitchen efforts.
Metro Detroit sees an increase in COVID-related closures
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. Indefinitely closed its cafeFollowing a COVID-19 epidemic that, according the Metro Times, infected at most nine of 15 employees. This abrupt closure was the result of a dispute between workers and company owners over COVID protocols. The sudden closure and outbreak in the restaurant industry illustrates the dire situation of the sector, which is being plagued by temporary closings throughout the country and metro Detroit. Anchor Bar is a mainstay in downtown Detroit Temporarily shutteredAs of last week. Many establishments closed their doors over the holidays as the omicron strain spread throughout Michigan. This was due to employee burnout and outbreaks. Checker Bar and Selden Standard, Grand Trunk Pub and Checker Bar closed temporarily.
Are there any other closures? Email Eaters tipline at [email protected]To send a tip, we will use it to compile an even more comprehensive list of the most recent closings.
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