A new downtown Toronto restaurant selling fried chicken and waffles and other “classic Southern food” is facing backlash on social media after they sent out a press release featuring a picture of an ape.
Uncle Ray’s, which has a location in Hamilton, is set to open its new branch on Friday at Church Street and The Esplanade. To announce the opening of the new restaurant, they published a release that said “delicious takes on classic Southern food, including fried chicken and waffles” alongside a racist poster of an ape baring its teeth.
“While we are aware of the conversations happening online, we really don’t have much more to add,” Uncle Ray’s Food & Liquor team member Adam Teolis explained to the Toronto Star. “This was most certainly an oversight by our team but it was by no means intentional.”
Read some of the backlash below.
“edgy” “urban” “soul” “Side Hustle”
“they’re slingin’ really good food there” 🤦🏾♂️
They included everything from black culture… except for the people. And they put an ape in there to top it off! Yannick, Michael, Adam + Dan are here to elevate black American cuisine. Finally! 🤑 https://t.co/8k27jDwu2T
— Cadence Weapon (@cadenceweapon) January 14, 2020
— Karon Liu (@karonliu) January 13, 2020
This is utterly awful. Racism makes me lose my appetite not gain one.
— Kristyn Wong-Tam (@kristynwongtam) January 14, 2020