Forbes and Burton in Darlinghurst was once a bustling, critically-acclaimed inner Sydney dining spot. Now, a week after its Chinese owner turned down an Australian for a barista’s job because of his skin colour, the cafe has closed.
The Daily Mail, which originally broke the story that Brazilian-born Australian Nilson Dos Santos was told by the owner that customers didn’t want a black person making their coffee, is reporting that a dead pot plant stands outside the front door, the windows have been egged and the cafe was closed 8 days after the incident allegedly occurred.
Steven Hu, the cafe owner, was quoted as saying “There are a lot of white customers at the café and I think the clients here want local people, not African people.”
His comments provoked a swift rebuke for the cafe on social media, with some of the more extreme commentators going so far as to say they “hope your shop burns down”. Calls for a boycott may have also played a part.
It’s believed the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating the Dos Santos job interview.
Mr Hu’s ability to remain in Australia and eventually gain Australian citizenship depends on him operating a business successfully for two years.
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