Suit accuses 4th Street Live restaurant of racial discrimination - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Suit accuses 4th Street Live restaurant of racial discrimination

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A restaurant on 4th Street Live is being accused of racial discrimination.

An African-American man claims in a lawsuit that he was told he could not throw a party at Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge because black people would attend.

The suit says the lounge refused service to black people on the night of the party and the plaintiff was refused access to the entertainment district that includes the lounge.

The suit names Louisville Bourbon LLC doing business as the lounge, and the Cordish company as defendants.  They have not returned calls for comment.

Maker's Mark Distillery says the allegations are "extremely serious."  The distillery says it has no ownership or involvement in the lounge.  It also released this statement:

Maker's Mark licenses its name and trademark to a third party appointed by Cordish Operating Ventures, LLC, which is solely responsible for the ownership, operation and management of the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville Kentucky.  Maker's Mark has no ownership or involvement in the Lounge whatsoever.  Maker's Mark was unaware of the complaint filed by Andre Mulligan against the Lounge until it was covered in the media and, contrary to a published report, no one from Maker's Mark has had any dealings with Mr. Mulligan.

"The allegations in the complaint are extremely serious and, if true, reflect behavior that is abhorrent and unacceptable, as well as absolutely contrary to the core brand values of Maker's Mark.  Maker's Mark does not accept, and will not tolerate, discrimination in any form, and has so notified and warned the company which is solely responsible for the operation of the Lounge.  While not involved in the litigation, Maker's Mark will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take all actions it feels necessary under the circumstances."

Bill Samuels, Jr.                            Rob Samuels
Chairman Emeritus                     Chief Operating Officer

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