full transcript here.Neely's Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side is in a war of words with conservative radio host and author Glenn Beck. The commentator was in NYC recently with his daughter, and he went to he 'cue joint. Apparently, he did not feel welcome when he walked in the door. His quote: "I have to tell you, the look that I was given by those in charge at this restaurant was, how dare you even come in here. It was quite amazing. I said to my wife as we were walking up the stairs, I said, this isn’t going to go well. And she said, no, this was really a mistake. This is a minority‑owned shop. Was that the line that I dared to cross? No? No, it couldn’t be because there were white people in there. So it must be something else besides my character. It’s amazing to me. One would think that ‑‑ you wouldn’t want to shun people that might have diverse opinions." Check out the
Today, the folks at the restaurant issued a response to his accusation, saying "We are confident that he received the professional and friendly service we give to all our guests. NYC is the epicenter of the Great American Melting Pot, and we welcome all guests who are ready to enjoy a satisfying meal and great service." The restaurant even got the hostess who seated him to go on record, saying "I have worked in the hospitality and customer service industry for over six years and pride myself on treating every customer equally, doing anything and everything I can for them, while ensuring that they feel welcome." They say more on their Facebook page.
Yikes - not sure what happened here, but we'll see if the host responds to the restaurant's statement, or if this war of words peters out with a little time.