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Maker’s Mark Bourbon House And Lounge Sued For Denying Blacks Entrance
Apparently the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky doesn’t care about black people — or their business!
A brother named Andre Mulligan, who holds double bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Louisville, and his brother met with Maker’s Mark officials on August 17th of this year in preparation for an event they had scheduled for the following day only to be told he couldn’t have the event any more because his guestlist was 100% black. Because it was too late to cancel, they and their guests showed up anyway and were denied entrance. SMH!
According to Courthouse News reports:
Andre Mulligan sued Louisville Bourbon LLC dba Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge, of Louisville, and Cordish Operating Ventures, of Baltimore, Md., in Jefferson County Court.
Cordish operates the 4th Street Live venue in Louisville, where Maker’s Mark runs a restaurant. Both “provide accommodations to the public,” Mulligan says in his complaint.
Mulligan claims that he and his brother met with Maker’s Mark officials on Aug. 17, “in preparation for an even that was to be held at the lounge on Aug. 18” this year, the complaint states.
“During the meeting the officials from Maker’s Mark demanded to know the ratio of ‘black people’ to ‘white people’ attending the event,” according to the complaint.
“Plaintiff informed the Maker’s Mark officials that the party would be 100 percent African American. And the Maker’s Mark officials responded by informing the plaintiff that he and other African Americans would not be allowed to hold an event at the Maker’s Mark Lounge.
“Maker’s Mark officials specifically informed the plaintiff that he would not be served if he attempted to enter the lounge on Aug. 18, 2012.
“On Aug. 18, 2012 Maker’s Mark officials refused service to all African Americans (in the event) who attempted to gain access to the lounge (just as they had promised).”
Mulligan claims the defendants refused to let him enter, and that “Cordish security told the plaintiff to ‘shut up’ and that he was trespassing. Cordish security informed the plaintiff that he would be ‘locked up’ if he did not leave the grounds; at the exact same moment the plaintiff witnessed numerous Caucasian patrons entering the 4th Street Live venue without incident.”
Mulligan seeks punitive damages for violations of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and costs.
Now what kind of fawkery is that?! Is it time to boycott Maker’s Mark???