Popular Memphis Restaurant Faces Allegations of Racism

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Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar was accused of being racist over the weekend, and protest ensued in Memphis. After employees posted the restaurant’s allegations of racism online, the business released the following statement:

We have learned of accusations of discriminatory behavior at Flight. These accusations were posted online, and we are committed to determine their validity. We take all allegations of discriminatory behavior seriously and refuse to tolerate this type of behavior at our restaurant. To the extent that we learn that any of these accusations are true, these employees will be terminated immediately.

To let you know how seriously we take the mere appearance of impropriety, we are going to conduct an investigation, and deal with any matters that violated the law or our internal standards.

Flight will continue to serve this entire community to the best of our ability, and we hope you will trust us in the future.

For example, accusations included the restaurant forcing black customers to dine upstairs or at the back of the restaurant to be out of sight.


With rallies occurring every night in the Memphis area surrounding the murder of George Floyd, some gathered over the weekend outside of the downtown restaurant in response to the allegations. Many chanted “Stop supporting racism” during the protest.


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