“Houston’s is a restaurant that is supported by the black dollar in Atlanta and supported by the entertainment dollar especially. I just call on entertainers and other members of Atlanta who are for justice and right—black or white—and black Atlanta in particular. Not only boycott Houston’s, but find a black restaurant to support or one that treats your community well. Me personally, I haven’t been to Houston’s in three or four years.”
T.I. posted to social media from the scene of the protest:
As T.I. noted, the restaurant closed on Saturday in anticipation of the protest.
Houston's responded to the charges in an Instagram post that has since been deleted saying the company has employed a diverse staff to serve Atlanta's diverse clientele.
"Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media," the statement read.
It also said the Atlanta location had recently instituted a policy prohibiting large parties of seven or more from splitting into separate groups at different tables, "which means that larger groups may not be able to dine with us at certain times."