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Buffalo Wild Wings CEO meets to discuss racial incident

November 7, 2019
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CORRECTS THE CITY TO NAPERVILLE, NOT AURORA - This photo shows the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, where black customers said they were asked to move to a different table after a regular customer told managers he didn't want to sit near them. An attorney representing the customers who say they were asked to change tables at the restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
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CORRECTS THE CITY TO NAPERVILLE, NOT AURORA - This photo shows the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, where black customers said they were asked to move to a different table after a regular customer told managers he didn't want to sit near them. An attorney representing the customers who say they were asked to change tables at the restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The president of Buffalo Wild Wings met with officials of a Chicago suburb where customers of a restaurant were asked to move to different tables because a patron didn’t want to be seated near black people.

Company president Lyle Tick met Tuesday with Naperville officials, customers and restaurant workers to learn from the incident. In a statement Wednesday, the company also said “leadership does not condone in any way what happened” at the restaurant.

Attorney Cannon Lambert, representing the customers who say they were asked in October to move because of their skin color, says a lawsuit won’t be necessary if Buffalo Wild Wings changes the way it hires and trains employees.

In their Wednesday statement, the company said the families brought up several “great” recommendations and requests, “all of which we can positively address.”