The incident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wing restaurant near Chicago.
Mary Vahl was at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville, Illinois, with a party of 18 people which included 6 adults and 12 children. As reported by NBCNews, they were there to celebrate a child's birthday when a restaurant staff asked them to relocate to another table. The request was made because of one of their regular customers, who did not want to be seated near 'black people'.
Mary posted about the incident on her Facebook (the post is no longer available) on which she wrote: "It was not ok that a person of management was willing to move 6 adults and 12 children versus 2 grown adults who are uncomfortable sitting by black folks."
Mary's husband, Justin Vahl, spoke with The Washington Post and said that the host of the restaurant asked them about their race. When Justin asked why their race mattered, the host replied that they had a regular customer who "doesn't want black people sitting near him."
As the family refused to change seats, several members of the hotel staff came forward and insisted that the seats were reserved despite one of the members claiming openly that the regular customer was indeed racist. The family then decided to move out of the establishment.
Since the incident gaining national attention, the restaurant chain had fired multiple employees from that location and has also apologized to the family. The company spokesperson issued a statement saying: "We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved. Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind."