Kerbey Lane apologizes for racist comments made by customer

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Kerbey Lane Cafe on Guadalupe is apologizing to two customers following racist comments made by another customer.

Sirat Al-Nahi says her friend was parking when a man commented that she should “Go back to Saudi Arabia where she came from.” Al-Nahi says the man turned to her, told her the same thing and asked if she had a gun.

Facebook post depicting racist comments made to two women.
Facebook post depicting racist comments made to two women.

According to the customer, Kerbey Lane did not address the man or his comments.

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The restaurant’s CEO, Mason Ayer, later posted on Facebook that they’ve reached out to both women and regret the way the situation was handled. They say they don’t tolerate racist comments and the customer who made them should have been asked to leave. Instead the man was sat in “another part of the restaurant.” According to Ayer, one of the women made an announcement to the whole dining room following the comments, asking why nothing had been done about the man.

“Who cares about us,” one of the women asked, stated in the Kerbey Lane post. A diner shouted in response to the woman “Nobody.”

The CEO says he accepts full responsibility for the incident even though it was the store leader that day who allowed the man to stay and eat. Moving forward, he says, each store will receive training on how to properly deal with situations like this one.

Ayer concludes by saying “In the end, while we welcome everyone at Kerbey Lane Cafe, there is no place for hatred and I’m so very sorry about what happened.”

KXAN reached out to the women, but have not heard back.

Read Kerbey Lane’s Facebook post here.

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