Sonoma’s acclaimed Girl & the Fig has closed temporarily in response to the escalating backlash over an ex-staffer’s Black Lives Matter mask. The former employee said she felt pressured to quit after being told her BLM-messaged face mask was not per the Plaza eatery’s uniform policy..
The restaurant’s owners said they made the decision after receiving death threats, and it’s Yelp and TripAdvisor pages are flooded with one-star reviews calling them racist. Some posts are as intense as threatening to burn the building down, according to president John Toulze.
He said he decided to close to protect the staff and noted a flyer posted on social about a protest outside the restaurant this weekend.
“There’s no amount of money in the world that’s worth it to ask my staff to walk through that and to ask my customers to walk through that,” he said. Once the calls die down and employees feel ready, Toulze said, the business will reopen.
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