Gabriel Rucker, chef of Le Pigeon is opening a new restaurant downtown.
The new venture called “Little Bird” will focus on simple French Bistro meals. Erik Van Kley, now at Le Pigeon, will be chef de cuisine. According to the liquor license application, it will be at 215 SW 6th Ave.
It seems the officer went in to get a cup of coffee and was stopped by a customer for a quick chat as he was on his way out. Owner John Langley “felt uncomfortable” having an officer in the “vegan” café.
From KGW.com, (link no longer works)
Langley makes no apologies. He said if he sees a police officer again, he would ask that officer to leave.
“The job of the police involves persecuting houseless people, immigrants, and having them in this space doesn’t feel right,” Langley said.
Ok. There are so many things wrong with this story. First of all, the owners are idiots. Do they really want to alienate the entire police department? Like cops or not, the day will come when they need help. If I were one of the responders, I wouldn’t exactly be spinning my tires to get there quickly. What if they are being attacked by yuppie anarchists? Yes, the owners have a right to refuse service to anyone, but these people are idiots!
Heck, I remember the days when restaurants gave free coffee to cops just so they’d hang around. I’ll be first to say that I’m not a huge fan of some police officers, but I sure wouldn’t want to do their job. Someone set up a boycott page on Facebook (since removed) – with 15,000 members and counting. This is the type of things that give vegans a bad name (ducking).
Note: 2015. The Red & Black Cafe has closed.