Over the weekend, NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins claimed that he was turned away from an Atlanta restaurant, Le Bilboquet, and he believes that it was because of the color of his skin.
He tweeted: “In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin until today in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack”
In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack pic.twitter.com/vh7zuyxH0K
— Dominique Wilkins 🏀 (@DWilkins21) May 22, 2021
Since then, the restaurant has issued two statements regarding the incident that took place.
The first statement issued has since been deleted, but as you know, whatever is posted to the internet is there forever; the post read:
“We do our best to accommodate all of our guests. We have a “business casual” dress code which includes jeans & sneakers but prohibits athletic clothing, including sweat pants & tops. The definition of “casual” is ever-evolving; we strive to maintain our policy requirements daily.”
The second post was an apology directly for Wilkins; it read:
“We want to apologize to Mr. Wilkins for his experience at our restaurant and also for any confusion our dress code may have caused. We in no way intended for him to feel unwanted and welcome an open dialogue with him. Our upscale dining experience and our brand’s culture is made up of multiple elements, which include our music, our food, and our patrons’ attire. We continue to strive to manifest our dining experience in a way that is exciting and, most importantly, inclusive.”