T.I. calls off boycott of Houston’s; Lenox Road site closing

T.I. makes his way to the ESPN set on Friday morning. Photo: Ryon Horne/AJC

Posted Monday, March 5, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on Melissa Ruggieri’s AJC Music Scene blog

Atlanta rap legend and actor T.I. has ended a boycott of Houston’s restaurant chain after stories in October of alleged discrimination against black customers.

According to TMZ, he met with Houston’s executives and hashed out a plan to help diversify its staff , train current staff and be more cognizant of potentially discriminatory behavior by employees.

He wrote on Instagram: “We are proud to have reached a mutual understanding and are excited about the new adjustments, which are: an amendment in policy (both in dress code and seating) an adoption of an ongoing diversity and inclusion program, a commitment to utilizing minority vendors and suppliers and continuing to demonstrate zero tolerance for any level of discrimination, discriminatory practices or any individual who demonstrates any of those actions.”

Coincidentally or not, the specific Houston’s location on Lenox Road that was the primary target of the boycott is shutting down March 31, according to Atlanta Eater.

RELATED: Details of what led to the boycott in the first place


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