Atlanta, Georgia – Former NBA All-Star, Dominique Wilkins, caused a media frenzy over the weekend after tweeting that he was discriminated against by the Buckhead restaurant, Le Bilboquet. “In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack.
In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack pic.twitter.com/vh7zuyxH0K— Dominique Wilkins 🏀 (@DWilkins21) May 22, 2021
Le Bilboquet responded and insisted that the only reason why Dominque was denied entry to the restaurant was because he did not meet the dress code. “We want to apologize to Mr. Wilkins for his experience at our restaurant and also for any confusion our dress code may have caused. We in no way intended for him to feel unwanted, and welcome an open dialogue with him. Our upscale dining experience and our brand’s culture is made up of multiple elements, which include our music, our food and our patrons’ attire. We continue to strive to manifest our dining experience in a way that is exciting and most importantly, inclusive.”
Before settling with the most previous stated apology, Le Bilboquet posted various other statements on Instagram and erasing them:
Just keeping this up for visibility. Your first "apology", pictured here, should have been your best and most sincere. Instead you chose to double down. Forgiven, because we are not savages…but we will NOT forget.@DWilkins21#BoycottLeBilboquetAtl pic.twitter.com/EW6gkcD3lT— J. Edward Gammage (@jedwardgammage) May 23, 2021
On Le Bilboquet’s website the dress code policy is posted and states, “Collared shirts are suggested for gentlemen. Casualwear including baseball caps, flip-flops, slides, excessively revealing clothing, cut-offs, sweat pants and athletic attire are considered too informal for the dining experience we provide at Le Bilboquet.”