A Westport, Conn., establishment is under fire after patrons discovered the restaurant’s drink menu featured some of the most racist names for beverages you can imagine, reigniting the age-old question:
Why are white people like this?
Apparently the owners and management at 323 Restaurant and Bar, which advertises itself as a “friendly neighborhood restaurant,” believe that joking about a secret, government-sponsored plan to allow black people to suffer through a curable disease for decades goes perfectly with a nice, thick cheeseburger and hand-cut fries.
Facebook user Eric Amour posted a photo of the specialty cocktail menu at 323. While the “Capetown Transfusion” contains a questionable reference to blood transfusions in sub-Saharan Africa, it is the concoction containing rum, pineapple juice, lime, pineapple and jalapeno mash and tobacco that has ignited an uproar.
Named the “Tuskegee Experiment,” the owners obviously assumed that the restaurant boasting the “largest flat screen in Westport” (yes, that is actually on the website) was not enough to lure casual racists into “Westport’s neighborhood bar.”
I have worked at restaurants for over 15 years. On many occasions I have been asked to help come up with cocktail recipes and names. I’ve always tried to tie any name of a drink into the theme of the restaurant I happen to be working for at the time. So I would gather that this restaurant in Westport, Connecticut has a bunch of racists working for them. How else do you come up with a drink called “The Tuskegee Experiment”? I know when I sit down at a bar, I like to order drinks that make me think of the government injecting hundreds of unsuspecting citizens with syphilis and preventing them from getting any treatment for over four decades. Shockingly, people are upset. Not shockingly, the restaurant has removed the drink from its menu. Let’s just hope they don’t replace it with “Triangle Traders Punch.”