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North End resident banned from Hanover Street restaurant for slinging racial slurs at Black men next to him at the bar

A North End resident who had been regular at Lucca, 226 Hanover St., will have to find some place else to get a late-night drink after repeatedly uttering racial epithets at two Black men who were also at the bar on June 11, the restaurant's lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board today.

According to attorney Stephen Miller and a police report, BPD officers on patrol arrived to a knot of angry people outside the restaurant around 1 a.m. They said the two Black men were outside yelling about getting called racial slurs inside and that a scuffle had broken out inside.

Restaurant staffers separated the party and ushered everybody out to try to diffuse the situation, Miller said.

The White man who had been using the slurs was no longer around by the time officers arrived, but a restaurant manager told the board, "we asked the patron, who is a resident of the North End, to no longer frequent the establishment after this incident."

The board meets Thursday to decide whether the restaurant acted appropriately.

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Don't waste your time at the Aquarium,

and don't spend your money in the North End.

Nice place to walk through but the overall vibe can be very unwelcoming especially for those of a certain hue.

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My Dad helped build the Aquarium, but I agree on the North End.

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because (mostly) its restaurants are dull and mediocre, and some of them are downright clip joints.

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I feel like I've enjoyed most of the meals I've had there, but I'll admit that I only tend to go for social occasions and am usually paying more attention to the company than the food.

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The Daily Catch
Tony and Elaines
Vinoteca di Monica

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and some great retail spots.

I still love Neptune Oyster, though its appearance in a thousand tour guides makes it a tough table still, and there are now several places around town doing comparably excellent New England seafood and raw bar that are less of a pain. Touristy but still worthwhile: Regina and The Daily Catch (both only in their North End incarnations.) Prezza is very good and a rare full-service North End restaurant (reservations, spirits, dessert, parking, valet, good wine list). Tenoch still does my favorite torta in town.

Others on my short list for one reason or another: Mamma Maria (rare white-tablecloth spot), Lucca (respectable Northern Italian), Ward Eight (rare good cocktails), Vinoteca di Monica and Massimino's (good as red-sauce joints go), Galleria Umberto (rare quality Sicilian pizza), and Table by Jen Royale (excellent food, though I fear the family-style format is pandemic-doomed.)

I'm a frequent shopper at The Modern, Salumeria Italiana, The Wine Bottega, and J. Pace & Sons.

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L'Osteria didn't make the list?

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had a boss that particularly loved bringing clients there. It may still be good, but I haven't revisited recently. I'll have to give it another spin.

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Piccolo Nido

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He'd come out to the table, talk through what you might want and bring you a delicious meal off menu and sometimes a complimentary bottle of wine...

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Whatever happened to Dom's anyway? It just sort of mysteriously closed, and no one knew (or would say) what had happened. I remember going by one time, months afterwards, and looking through the windows at the tables that were still set albeit dusty. One of my friends had a wedding rehearsal dinner planned there and had to 'emergency' replace it across the street to Al Dente...

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The north end is filled with restaurants that do not try at all. To an insulting degree. I’ve been served cold, grey looking tomatoes in a caprese sandwich. And it was in august when good tomatoes are everywhere.

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Cancel Culture claims another innocent victim. /s

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Innocent victim sure,from a white man's perspective. Would you have the testicular fortitude to say it to my face since you feel so strongly about your beliefs?

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See the "/s"?

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N/t

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I am the first to decry cancel culture, though it makes me appear unhip to many. This incident, however, is not even close to cancel culture. The moron was a racist and a troublemaker and I wouldn't want him in an establishment I owned either. Or in my house, or anywhere near me or my family. Plus, if this guy was blatantly insulting/harassing people, how is he "innocent"?

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Jesus Tapdancing Christ, people. The "/s" stands for sarcasm. I'll start being more explicit in the future.

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Wait I thought the s was just short for Scratchie. jk*

*short for just kidding

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I thought the s was just short for Scratchie.

My username *should* be synonymous with sarcasm. I'm obviously not posting enough anymore.

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*short for just kidding

Glad you clarified that. Thought maybe you were John Kerry.

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Jesus was a tap dancer? I may have to rethink my position on Christianity, but only if he tap danced on water.

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I got the /s, but really, if you have to tell people you’re being sarcastic, you’re not being sarcastic enough.

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I also don't entirely get the capitalization of Black, but I see it around. However, this might be the only place I see White used.

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(Not to speak for Adam)

Since journalistic and academic style guides have decided to capitalize Black when talking about race, many writers prefer the symmetry/consistency of also capitalizing white, even though outlets like the AP argue against doing so.

I typically follow the AP (and many others) guidence in my own writing, even if I prefer the symmetry of capitalizing both.

https://apnews.com/article/archive-race-and-ethnicity-9105661462

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The Washington Post decided last year to capitalize White as well as Black, and had a piece explaining in more detail their style decision.

Also, the National Association of Black Journalists has said “NABJ also recommends that whenever a color is used to appropriately describe race then it should be capitalized, including White and Brown.”

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I figured if it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me.

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This is not cancel culture. The "regular" is a racist. They don't want a racist in their restaurant. They are allowed to ban them. I would not want to have a drink with this racist.

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Why would you want a regular who harasses other customers?

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I wouldn't want a regular that way.

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This is not cancel culture.

I WAS BEING SARCASTIC! THAT'S WHAT THE LITTLE "/s" IS FOR!

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This is about how all sarcasm is met thru text, I hope I am not the first to point this out to you.

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YES, I AM AWARE OF THIS PHENOMENON. THAT IS WHY I INCLUDED THE UNIVERSAL INTERNET "SARCASM" TAG IN MY POST!! I WILL ENDEAVOR TO BE LESS SUBTLE IN THE FUTURE!!

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(I know why you're yelling. I think it's better to let people who missed or don't grasp the \s sarcasm tag spin on and on for about 100 or so posts before pointing out their error, uSInG THe sPOnGemOCk font.)

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What Scratchie said.

It's not Scratchie's fault that some people chose today to make their first foray onto the internet.

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My bad for not remembering Poe's Law. I would have thought it was obvious that someone getting kicked out of a bar for being a loudmouthed douchebag is not "innocent," but there's literally nothing you can say satirically about race anymore that someone on the right isn't saying in complete earnest.

If, please God, this guy should lose his job as a result, there will be thousand conservatives screaming that he was "canceled" by a "rabid left-wing mob." I was just trying to get ahead of the curve, but I'll try to be less subtle next time.

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I joked above that you should have been more sarcastic, but you could have called this guy a hero of free speech, and those that kicked him out a bunch of stormtroopers, and easily passed for a member of the Republican establishment. Or worse; you might have been mistaken for a Congressman.

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I joked above that you should have been more sarcastic, but you could have called this guy a hero of free speech, and those that kicked him out a bunch of stormtroopers, and easily passed for a member of the Republican establishment. Or worse; you might have been mistaken for a Congressman.

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That while most of us white Bostonians don't think the city is racist like it used to be in the bad old days, we have no idea really and should probably listen harder to people of color telling us shit is bad here.

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does

"we asked the patron, who is a resident of the North End, to no longer frequent the establishment"

actually mean banning?

Did the restaurant actually say they have formally banned him or that they just asked him not to come around so often?

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It sure sounded like he was banned.

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good to know.

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Small photo of the guy with a sign saying 'banned for being racist.'

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