Joe's Crab Shack Apologizes for Lynching Photo Used in Roseville Restaurant Décor

Nate Leding
Updated: 03/11/2016 12:28 PM
Created: 03/10/2016 8:36 PM

Joe's Crab Shack is apologizing for a photo of black man being hanged that was used as décor in a table at the chain's Roseville restaurant.

Tyrone Willams and Chauntyll Allen said they saw the historical photo of a lynching embedded in the table. A caption on the photo reads, "All I said was I didn't like the gumbo."

Williams posted a picture of the photo on his Facebook page Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP called for all offensive imagery to be removed from Joe's Crab Shack restaurants.

"I'm appalled. I just don't understand that they think this is some kind of joke," Chauntyll Allen said.

David Catalano, the Chief Operating Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, released the following statement:

"We understand one of the photos used in our table décor at our Joe's Crab Shack location in Roseville, MN was offensive. We take this matter very seriously, and the photo in question was immediately removed. We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community."

On Friday, the city of Roseville released a statement saying in part, "The City condemns this type of display in the strongest possible terms and calls on Joe's Crab Shack to remove any and all racist imagery not only from its Roseville location, but all of its restaurants nationwide. This type of display is wholly unacceptable and unwelcome in the City of Roseville."

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