A friend of mine (who happens to be African American), my baby, & I went out for lunch today. We arrived at the restaurant about 1/2 an hour after it opened, and the whole restaurant was almost vacant when we got there, with the exception of the staff & a very customers.
The hostess promptly & quickly escorted us through a long, winding maze of tables, to the very Back room. I knew immediately what she was doing, as this has happened before when I went out to eat with this particular friend.
When my parents have gone to this restaurant (in the past, when I was still on speaking terms with them), we were seated in the front of the restaurant... in my opinion, probably because they are caucasian & appear to be wealthy.
Anyway, as my friend & I sat there in the restaurant, other (caucasian) people were seated farther up front. And finally, another family was seated in our room. I didn't look up to see who they were until I got up to use the restroom. Lo and behold, they were an African American family. And they were seated in the farthest room back in the entire restaurant. And as I walked through the restaurant to the restroom, I made a point of looking around to see who was seated where.
I didn't see a single other group of African Americans there. But there was a group of people who may have been Hispanic, or American Indian, who were seated up a little bit in front of us.
And guess who was in the front of the restaurant? Wealthy-looking caucasian people.
I was so mad. I cannot believe that in this day and age, people in the United States Still segregate their restaurants. No one said a word about it, but I'm not stupid. What I am is outraged.
The restaurant was Carlos O'Kelley's, and it's a Mexican restaurant.
This has also happened to us at other places, like Applebee's.
What's really disappointing is that the food was great. But segregation is supposed to be illegal. And it's a disgusting practice.