After a Viral Incident, El Compadre Restaurant Fires Its Homophobic Manager
Earlier last week, actor Drew Droege’s wonderful date at Echo Park’s El Compadre Mexican restaurant was wrecked by the manager on duty’s homophobic remarks.
As a reaction, the restaurant wrote on Instagram, saying: “We want to sincerely apologize for the behavior of our manager the night of December 12. This is not consistent with El Compadre’s basic beliefs, and we wanted to inform our clients that the manager has been fired.”
They went on to declare that they “welcome, appreciate and value every client who passes through our doors, and this behavior will never be accepted in our institution. We are proud of the variety of our consumers who have supported and appreciated our family recipes passed down from generation to generation — and we are ashamed that this occurred.”
To summarize, while waiting to watch a play downtown, Droege and his companion had completed their drinks and paid their bill. “I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States, we don’t accept your conduct here,” the manager stated after kissing his date.
El Compadre feels that anybody entering the restaurant is invading their house, despite the fact that they emphasize that they are a family restaurant. “In our house, we believe in love and equality, and the fact that one of our staff made someone feel uncomfortable is not acceptable to us,” the post says.
The restaurant ended the post with a vow to serve all customers “regardless of color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, handicap, or status.”
The comments attracted a flood of support, with the vast majority of people supporting the decision and the restaurant’s reaction. The final answer followed their earlier request to “provide [the restaurant] time to investigate what occurred, obtain further information, and take necessary action.”
Once again, love triumphs.