BLM holds ‘Cancel Carmine’s’ protests outside famed Italian restaurant in NYC


Black Lives Matter activists gathered near Carmine’s restaurant in New York City and slammed its ‘racist’ management after three black women visiting from Texas allegedly assaulted a hostess who asked for proof of vaccination.

BLM protesters chanted ‘F*** you, Carmine’s’ and ‘Carmine’s are racist’ outside the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday night – four days after the altercation.

They also demanded that the restaurant release closed-circuit surveillance footage of the incident. Carmine’s management was accused of ‘trying to cover up their employee’s actions by using the vaccination passport as an excuse.’ 

The restaurant responded by releasing the footage, which shows the three women accost the hostess even though it did not appear that she provoked them. 

The three black Texas women – Kaeita Rankin, 44, her niece Tyonnie Keshay Rankin and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, – were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. 

They allege a restaurant employee used the N-word, sparking their anger and leading to the altercation. 

BLM protesters supporting the women claim the hostess ‘lunged’ at the three tourists from Texas and that she was disrespectful. 

The three were given desk appearance tickets and ordered to appear in court on October 5. 

A Black Lives Matter protester holds a sign near the entrance to Carmine's restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Monday

A Black Lives Matter protester holds a sign near the entrance to Carmine’s restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Monday

BLM protesters chanted ‘F*** you, Carmine’s’ and ‘Carmine’s are racist’ outside the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday night

BLM protesters chanted ‘F*** you, Carmine’s’ and ‘Carmine’s are racist’ outside the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday night

Hawk Newsome (left), a co-founder of BLM's New York chapter, speaks during the protest

Hawk Newsome (left), a co-founder of BLM’s New York chapter, speaks during the protest

'After she (the hostess) dropped the N-bomb, the three women did a double take and followed her out the restaurant,' Newsome said. 'And that’s the melee you saw.'

‘After she (the hostess) dropped the N-bomb, the three women did a double take and followed her out the restaurant,’ Newsome said. ‘And that’s the melee you saw.’

The three women were seen in a video allegedly attacking the restaurant hostess , who is Asian, after their vaccination cards were questioned said they were racially profiled and called the n-word. 

The trio have claimed their unnamed 24 year-old hostess was actually the aggressor, and have called for her to be fired. 

During the incident, restaurant staff jumped in to defend their coworker, who was left with bruises and scratches, with footage of the brawl making headlines across the United States. 

Since then, lawyers for the women and the restaurant exchanged words, and Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of BLM’s New York chapter, announced plans to stage a protest.  

‘After she (the hostess) dropped the N-bomb, the three women did a double take and followed her out the restaurant,’ Newsome said. 

‘And that’s the melee you saw.’ 

‘This vaccination card mandate to create more Sandra Blands, and more Breonna Taylors, it ends here,’ said BLM organizer Kimberly Bernard.

‘Consider yourself served. Cancel Carmine’s!’ 

Newsome’s comments were reported by NY1. 

‘Listen, vaccine is a choice, it’s a choice,’ Newsome said. 

‘You shouldn’t exclude people from everyday activities because they choose not to engage in something they have every reason to doubt.’ 

Jeffrey Bank, the owner of the restaurant, released a statement saying that the surveillance footage shows the assailants started the brawl without justification and were ‘entirely unprovoked.’

‘This video footage makes clear that the women’s Texan criminal defense attorney is heaving falsehoods to try to get his clients off the hook for their attack,’ Bank said. 

‘It also makes clear Carmine’s staff acted appropriately and professionally.’ 

Three women from Texas punched and beat a hostess at Carmine's Restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Thursday after she asked for their proof of vaccination to dine indoors

Three women from Texas punched and beat a hostess at Carmine’s Restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Thursday after she asked for their proof of vaccination to dine indoors

Carmine's staff, right, assisted by another person, jumped in to separate one of the attackers from the 24-year-old host

Carmine’s staff, right, assisted by another person, jumped in to separate one of the attackers from the 24-year-old host 

One of Carmine's managers, left, confronted the women who attacked her employee. The women complained that they were not being allowed inside

One of Carmine’s managers, left, confronted the women who attacked her employee. The women complained that they were not being allowed inside

Texas civil rights lawyer Justin Moore told Daily News, ‘This hostess clearly has some anger management issues and unfortunately her aggression and her violence led to something that three Black women are being punished for.’

A lawyer for Carmine’s denied the Texas women’s accusation.

‘Any claim that they were racially profiled is a complete fabrication, disingenuous, and outright irresponsible,’ the lawyer, Carolyn Richmond, told The Daily News. 

The hostess ‘refused service to these women and got hostile with them,’ Moore said in a statement on Friday. 

‘The injuries that she received were incurred by her being physically restrained by other staff at Carmine’s after she was called out for racial discrimination, which she took offense to.’

 The civil rights lawyer said the women were leaving when someone – it’s unclear who – called them the n-word and claimed the hostess was the aggressor by ‘lunging’ at Rankin. 

‘The hostess is apparently poorly trained to deal with patrols and has obvious issues with black women and has a disregard for women of color,’ Moore said.

Carmine’s, which has two locations in New York City as well as outposts in spots including Las Vegas, is known for large servings of pasta and other Italian dishes.

The restaurant has been following the city’s rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor restaurant dining, which has been in effect since August 17 but is only just being enforced as of this week.



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