Anti-racism protesters demonstrated outside Carmines restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on September 20, following an altercation over vaccine cards that involved a restaurant hostess and several black patrons visiting from Texas.
NY1 reported that details regarding the incident that occurred several days previous are disputed. According to reports, security camera footage shows three black women entering the restaurant after showing their vaccination cards. Shortly afterward, three men arrive to join the party, but only one shows a COVID-19 vaccine card. The women go into the restaurant with the man, then turn and go back outside, where the fight ensues.
A lawyer for one of the women said the 24-year-old restaurant hostess used a racial slur, antagonized the guests by implying their vaccination cards were fake, and assaulted them.
Police said they responded to the incident and the three Texas women were charged with assault and criminal mischief. The restaurant denies race was a factor in the altercation.
At the protest on September 20, Black Lives Matter organizers chanted outside the eatery and demanded that the restaurant “release the tape” of the incident, which it did, NY1 reported.
In this footage, anti-racism protesters give speeches outside Carmines restaurant regarding the incident.
According to NBC, a restaurant representative said that no racial slur was uttered by any of the three hosts working that night — a black woman, an Asian-American woman, and a Latina. Credit: Mike Hisey via Storyful