Race suit against McFadden’s

    There’s a storm a-brewin’ in Old City, where McFadden’s Restuarant & Saloon has come under fire as being racist. A lawyer working at McFadden’s has filed a suit citing several instances of racism at the establishment.


    Michael Bolden’s suit against McFadden’s and parent company East Coast Saloons lists many grievances including what Bolden says is a racist dress code and alleged text messages exchanged between GM Walt Wyrsta and another manager, Kathryn Killian.

    The dress code prohibits attire like baggy clothes, hats, white T-shirts, chains and hoodies, while the suit mentions a text message from Wyrst to Killian in which Wyrst calls McFadden a “white bar.”

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    The full details of the suit are in today’s Daily News, and Old-City based Philebrity is getting in on the commentary.

    Comments on Philly.com are closed, naturally, but we want to know: should bars be able to make and enfore dress codes?

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