Restaurant Owner Faces Backlash Over Biggie & Tupac Tribute Menu
A Washington, D.C. restaurant owner says he’s moving forward with plans to offer a menu featuring items intended to pay tribute to late rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. despite complaints about the names of the food items amid rising racial tensions across America.
via Fox News
Despite drawing criticism over the weekend, former “Top Chef” star Mike Isabella and owner Washington, D.C.’s Graffiato restaurant says he’s going ahead with a rap rivalry-themed tasting menu.
Isabella’s “East Coast vs. West Coast: Biggie & Tupac Tribute Dinner” –scheduled for Feb. 2 at $65 a plate –features dishes with names like Thug Rice and Blood Money sausage –which some criticize as bad choices amid heightened racial tensions following the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
Isabella said the dishes honor legendary rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the two famously feuding rappers who died within six months of each other–each killed in drive by shootings.
“I grew up listening to Tupac, Biggie and other hip hop artists in the 90s. To this day, their music is still some of my favorite,” Isabella said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
After the Washington City Paper reported on the menu’s release, Isabella was blasted on social media for being “culturally insensitive.” His dish, titled Thug Rices seemed to draw the most ire from commenters.
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