Cactus Club in Toronto was just accused of racist practices
Toronto tends to have mixed feelings when it comes to Vancouver, but one export restaurant from the west coast is coming under fire in the 6ix. It's not the first time.
Cactus Club Cafe, which now has two Toronto locations, is being accused of racist practices, mainly over Twitter by a local DJ. The chain has a location in the Financial District and one in Sherway Gardens.
Cactus Club really canceled their DJs on caribana weekend? Between this + them telling me to “not cater to the caribana crowd” I don’t know how y’all can still eat there 😂— DJ Big Jacks (@BigJacks) August 12, 2019
On August 11 (the last day of Caribana in Toronto this year) DJ Big Jacks tweeted that DJs had been cancelled for the big weekend and that he had been told “not to cater to the Caribana crowd.”
In a reply to his own tweet, the DJ attaches screenshots of messages from another DJ who allegedly used to work at Cactus Club as well.
A few incidents to add from another DJ who used to work there as well pic.twitter.com/C846wP10xx— DJ Big Jacks (@BigJacks) August 12, 2019
The images accuse the restaurant chain of everything from limiting the number of black customers to not allowing more than one black bouncer in the same area, staff calling customers "ratchet" and telling DJs to change the music because "it's getting too dark in here."
Man... i really gotta cancel cactus club 😞... I had a lot good memories there with some amazing ppl— PlugsDaughter (@therealbigv1) August 14, 2019
Cactus Club shared this statement in response: "Although we cannot specifically address individual human resources grievances through the media, any suggestion that Cactus Club is guided by considerations other than the needs of our staff, our customers and the wider public is both untrue and flatly inaccurate."
"It is our standard practice during long weekends and special events – including playoff games for professional sports teams, major conventions and cultural festivals such as the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, PRIDE and TIFF - to evaluate the suitability of our hours, our menu options and our mix of entertainment offerings.
"Sometimes we alter dining and entertainment options such as the use of DJs."
my first ever experience at cactus club we were seated & nobody came to greet/serve us for 44 mins. I know this bc after 10 mins we set a timer to see how long it would take for one server to stop by. once the manager came the server told him she didn’t see us.....— Bry (@BryMc_) August 14, 2019
There's now a petition calling for a full investigation and an immediate change in management and policies.
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