A protest at the Two Bucks Bar & Grill in Milwaukee and allegations that Lynn Forthaus, the owner had refused service and kicked out Afro-Americans led to the franchise revocation by Two Bucks of America.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
May 6, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Eric Nugent, the Chief Operating Officer for Two Bucks of America announced that they have revoked the franchise license for Lynn and Kevin Forthaus, the owners of Forever Young Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Two Bucks Milwaukee. The Forthaus’s have 24 hours to remove all trademarked signs and materials.
Nugent wrote, “…Moving forward, we will be speaking to the landlord and local alderman to determine the most appropriate course of action.
“We would like to thank the beautifully-diverse city of Milwaukee for your patience as we worked through the guidelines of our franchise agreement. We are a small family of entrepreneurs-with-a-dream and it breaks our hearts to close a Two Bucks location. However, The Two Bucks of America was built on a foundation of ethics, values, and integrity. As such, we do everything we can to tenaciously build from that foundation in the pursuit of a safe, satisfying environment for customers and employees.”
Last Sunday, the Eastside bar in Milwaukee faced a community protest after Afro-Americans were targeted on Friday and refused service, including being kicked out from the Two Bucks Bar & Grill, 2321 N. Murray Ave. for just being Black. The racial discrimination allegations were raised by employees and customers, according to Boycott TWO BUCKS Milwaukee, a Facebook account that was set-up to denounce an alleged racist bar owner.
The bar remained closed on Saturday after the Friday incident that caused most of the employees at the business to quit, including bartenders and several bouncers.
Apparently several bouncers witnessed the racial discrimination incident and some customers who were refused service and kicked out claimed that the Two Bucks Bar & Grill owner, Lynn Forthaus had asked them to leave for no reason. But, the bar employees claimed that Lynn had made it obvious that she kicked them out from the bar just for being Black and acting suspiciously. According to some allegations, one of the bouncers heard Lynn saying that she didn’t want Black ghetto people at her bar or any Afro-American business. Other customers who heard Lynn’s racists comments also left the bar, according to employees.
Even a former employee told one of the victims that she had quit working for the Forthaus’s several years ago because of her racist behavior against Blacks.
After the incident on Friday, Lynn Forthaus posted the following statement on the Two Bucks Bar & Grill Facebook on Sunday night, “There was an unfortunate incident at Two Bucks late Friday, May 1st. I apologize that this occurred. It does not reflect the views of the company, owners or employees of Two Bucks. We embrace diversity and have already taken steps so this will never happen again.”