HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A local restaurant owner is setting the record straight over a sign posted outside of his business. The sign is making its way around social media, creating a buzz about why it went up in the first place.
If you drive along West Broad Street in Henrico County, it’s hard to miss the sign that reads, ‘Haters’ with a line through it outside of Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue. The owner said it’s been up for about a week to protest the events that took place in Charlottesville back in August, but he says someone online started a false rumor as to why the sign went up.
“Someone placed this in order to maybe get us back in some way because of our sign,” owner Buz Grossberg said.
The social media post claims the sign went up after restaurant managers removed African-American line cooks at the request of white customers who didn’t want to be served by them. The post was made by a user named, ‘Anthony,’ and has since been removed.
Grossberg said he learned of these claims Tuesday morning, stating that it’s a made-up story.
Detwan Scott, a line cook for the restaurant, backed up his boss.
“It’s made up, I never had no problem out here with race at all,” Scott said.
The owner said he’d be willing to take a stand against these types of incidents if it ever presented itself in his business.
“If they had come to me, I would have probably looked at them incredulously first, and then I would say, ‘we don’t do that here,’ and then probably would have escorted them out of the door because we don’t want people like that here,” Grossberg explained.