10 Shockingly Racist Moments in Restaurant History

The KKK influenced restaurants and owned them, too


During the 1920s, KKK membership was at an all-time high, and it was fairly common to hear of chapters running black-owned businesses out of town. They would regularly leave notes when they went to a restaurant.

To further race separation, they boycotted restaurants owned by Jews and Catholics, urging owners to post signs saying “100%” and “all-American” to confirm they didn’t have affiliations with minorities. The Klan also owned restaurants, including the Kozy Kitchen Korner and the Blue Bird Inn.

The Blue Bird Inn is still an active restaurant chain today. Yikes.