Entrepreneur Rashad Bailey Cites Racism as the Reason Behind His Chicago Restaurant Closing Down
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In the city of Chicago, a restaurant owner is in turmoil after the city decides to revoke his license amid a fight over his restaurant.
The source of the conflict? A debate if the place is a restaurant or a nightclub.
Rashad Bailey is an entrepreneur who finally realized his dream last year when he opened Dinner and a Movie in 2021.
Dinner and a Movie was based in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, where it advertised serving waffles, booze, movies and music.
According to Bailey, the facility hosts class reunions and birthday parties to celebrate Black love and gatherings.
Although Dinner and a Movie sounds like one of the best places in town, it has been the subject of complaints from neighbors.
Those who live near the property have reported noise coming from the restaurant.
Since Dinner and a Movie opened its doors to customers, it has been the scene of several fights.
In June 2021, a shootout erupted after a brawl broke out. Fortunately, no one was hit.
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In the last week of July, the Department of Business and Consumer Protection decided to revoke Dinner and a Movie’s business license.
The decision comes after months of dispute, during which the department said the restaurant operated more like a tavern.
It is also noted that Bailey has taken no action to address the noise complaints.
What Rashad Bailey had to say
Despite the number of people complaining about the noise and violence in the restaurant, founder Rashad Bailey said his business was targeted by police upon opening.
“This year, (during hearings with the city), I found out I had about 10 undercover officers in my restaurants within a week’s time of me opening with no incidents happening,” he revealed.
Bailey also said Chicago police harass his business and often show up unannounced in large numbers.
A month after the shooting by Dinner and a Movie, video showed police entering the facility.
However, the restaurant was closed during the incident.
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Rashad Bailey revealed that the Chicago Commercial Department began investigating the restaurant shortly after it opened for selling alcohol beyond its license.
At the time, the ministry revoked Bailey’s restaurant privileges to serve lunch and operate after midnight.
Bailey also blamed the neighbors for closing Dinner and a Movie and accused them of making false complaints because of the large Black customer base.
“This is racism,” Bailey said.
“They’re putting crime and the problems of the city on me. They see Black music, Black people, and they think that’s the problem.”
Meanwhile, Yelp reviews on Dinner and a Movie claim that the restaurant only offers a small menu, conducts security checks at the entrance, and an additional fee for coverage.
Rashad Bailey threw his hands up in exhaustion and said that he was finished fighting town hall.
Bailey decided he will leave Chicago.
“Because Dinner and a Movie was Black,” he said. “The Black birthday is a problem and some days, we are.”
“I told someone else, there are people out here in Chicago that shoot people and reb people, and they are savages and should be locked up.”
“Because hardworking Black people, we don’t want to deal with that, and they group us together,” Bailey added. “I don’t want to deal with that.”
Chicago man says city shut down his business, Dinner and a Movie, because he’s Black
Chicago man believes city shut his business down because he’s Black