East New Yorkers fear new Denny’s will discriminate

TRD New York /
Jan.January 13, 2014 03:55 PM

A new Denny’s restaurant moving in to East New York is stirring up more than pancake batter.

Although the breakfast diner is already set to replace Galaxy Diner at 804 Pennsylvania Avenue, near Linden Boulevard amid a row of fast food joints, an advocate group for minorities in the neighborhood is leary of the national chain’s checkered past with black patrons.

Kevin McCall, executive director of the Brooklyn East New York Crisis T.E.A.M., wants the new Denny’s to give workers a living wage once they’re hired, according to the New York Daily News.

“We’re not saying ‘no’ to them, because it’s already a done deal,” said McCall to the Daily News. “But we’re not going to let them sneak into our community [either].”

In 1994, a group of black customers filed a class-action suit against Denny’s for refusing to serve them, making them wait longer for their food and charging more than white customers had to pay. The lawsuit cost Denny’s $54 million. More recently, the company’s expansion into New York was met by a $10 million lawsuit in June by the condominium board for 150 Nassau Street, which sought to block a Denny’s from opening in the historic building. [NYDN] — Angela Hunt


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
511 Macon Street and 70 Washington Street in Brooklyn (Courtesy Compass; Streeteasy)

Brooklyn’s luxury market slumped as in-person showings began

Brooklyn’s luxury market slumped as in-person showings began
From left: Onay Payne, Jim Simmons, Margaret Anadu and Tammy Jones (Payne by Emily Assiran)

‘Your pedigree is always questioned’: Black real estate execs push for change

‘Your pedigree is always questioned’: Black real estate execs push for change
1 Clinton Street and 374 Clermont Avenue (Courtesy Compass)

No progress for Brooklyn’s moribund luxury market

No progress for Brooklyn’s moribund luxury market
In Manhattan and Brooklyn, signed contract activity was down last month by a wide margin compared to a year earlier (iStock)

Residential contract signings plummet in NYC, hold steady in Hamptons

Residential contract signings plummet in NYC, hold steady in Hamptons
1300 Flushing Avenue (Google Maps)

Bushwick office building trades for $44M, sign of life for i-sales market

Bushwick office building trades for $44M, sign of life for i-sales market
Empire Stores (HK Organization)

Developer Howie Klaus of HK Organization dies at 65

Developer Howie Klaus of HK Organization dies at 65
220 Central Park South (Getty)

Carpenter alleges foreman coerced her into sex for years in 220 CPS

Carpenter alleges foreman coerced her into sex for years in 220 CPS
Billy Macklowe (right) and David Welsh with renderings of 120 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope (Credit: Macklowe by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Senlac Ridge Partners)

Billy Macklowe, David Welsh close on Brooklyn dev site buy

Billy Macklowe, David Welsh close on Brooklyn dev site buy
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...