The incident that was recently on The Prime Smokehouse about a Facebook page posting about the owner asked some whites to leave because of a MAGA Hat, I reached out to the owner and he responded. I posted it on my blog and other Social Media pages. Around a day or 2 later it was on the TV Stations across the state.
The following 2 incidents were shared with me but I am blocked from this page so I can’t go on the page. I reached out to the owner so I have got both sides of the story from the 2 who had issues with Prime House and NABS Deli & Coffee Shop Restaurants. I don’t know Manni Lyl however I do know Johnny Cunningham. I spoke Johnny. All have told their side and this is all I need to know.
I believe you because I have followed you, seen you in person and read the good things whites have said about your business over the years. I do my homework and I don’t take folk word for what they say no matter who they are family, friends and whomever. Many times that get me in trouble because they get mad until after I do my homework and come back to them with my findings.
A co-worker sent me the piece about the not being served and I said if you had folk waiting to be seated at a certain time after the current event no they could order their food and eat there if it was going to conflict with the upcoming guest. I said I experience this in Greenville and it makes sense not to allow the late comers to the party to eat in but they could order to go.
Ed Wiley’s response:
My dear brother, the most difficult thing we face as restaurant owners, particularly African-American owners, is trying to explain why it’s important to honor reservations with absolute and unconditional fairness. Oftentimes, fellow Black folks will see us escort white people to their seats while they’re still standing at the door or hear us admonish them (when they don’t have a reservation) that we can seat them if they understand that they must relinquish that seat an hour and a half or two hours later to someone with a reservation. Sadly, and outrageously, some people interpret that to mean we love white folks more than them. Now, what do you think happens when there is a complete reversal of racial roles? Now you have white folks believing we’re giving priority seating to Blacks because we hate white people. Crazy world. We just had CBS News visit our restaurant because some lying soul said that we boot out Republicans because we’re Democrats. (No joke!) We will always honor those with reservations, regardless of race. The Black folks — and White folks — who know us are laughing at this foolishness. One last thing, do you know anybody in Rocky Mount who would open up a jazz-themed restaurant IN THE HEART OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY specializing in who didn’t appreciate his own culture and his own people? I could go on about this silliness, but I’ll stop and keep praying that we use common sense over knee-jerk perceptions that don’t make sense. To paraphrase you, I’ll say that for those who don’t know me, do your homework before you judge me.
My final response:
I was not there so I am not taking sides with anyone but I could if I want to based on the facts as presented to me. I would not think that the owner would promote bad business but I was not there so this is between those involved and they would have to come to a final conclusion. However with what has been stated, I believe it could say that it is final but that is just my ignant opinion.