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Metzger Bar and Butchery, a Richmond, Virginia restaurant that says it prides itself on being an “inclusive environment,” recently canceled a reservation just 90 minutes before it’s scheduled time for a Christian group that they say made their female and LGBTQ+ staff feel “uncomfortable and unsafe.”
Late last week, the restaurant posted an explanation to Instagram as to why they canceled the reservation.
“Metzger Bar and Butchery has always prided itself on being an inclusive environment for people to dine in,” the statement began.
“In eight years of service we have very rarely refused service to anyone who wished to dine with us. Recently we refused service to a group that had booked an event with us after the owners of Metzger found out it was a group of donors to a political organization that seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ persons of their basic human rights in Virginia.
“We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff uncomfortable or unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision. Many of our staff are women and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community. All of our staff are people with rights who deserve dignity and a safe work environment.
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