Chops and Hops Removes the "Black and Bleu" From Daily Special Menu

The restaurant changed course after drawing national scorn for making light of Rihanna's domestic violence situation on Facebook.


Watkinsville's  is known to post a daily special on its Facebook page for fans. Among those specials is an occasional Celebrity Sandwich with a tongue-in-cheek description that usually gets a few likes and comments to go along with the yummy photo.

But Friday’s Caribbean Black and Bleu burger’s description created more comments than ever – for many, putting this in the “don’t like” category. The description read:

Well we were going to do @TimTebow today but decided to trade for a sure thing this week. Instead @chrisbrown, @rihanna and us teamed up for a award winning celebrity sandwich. Put your hands on this caribbean black and bleu sandwich. Caribbean spiced marinated sliced ribeye blackened then look out for the bleu cheese, sliced tomato, silver Lamborghini onions, and shredded romaine. Chris Brown won't beat you up for eating this unless your name starts with a R and ends with A.

Fox News, The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News are among the media outlets that have picked up on the irreverent description that is causing a stir among locals – and those who believe that domestic violence is not a joking matter.

According to their Facebook page, Chops and Hops has pulled the sandwich from the menu, and on Saturday, reported that “It is not on the menu nor will it ever be.”

A representative of Chops and Hops has since posted:

The owners of C&H would like to make sure everyone knows that we and our staff DO NOT SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Many of us have been affected by domestic violence in some manner and realize that this is no joke.
We have been involved in fundraising for Project Safe Team 6 and we fully intend on donating proceeds (times 6 - in honor of Team 6) from the sales of the burger. C&H continues to strive for a community driven, family oriented, great food and great service environment. We will continue to be involved in our community fundraising and charities near and dear to our hearts.
Mychell Lang

Though there are still some angry comments coming in, most agree this is the right thing to do.

Sherryl Cash Fern March 27, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thank you, Rebecca, for running this story. I cannot find anything funny about domestic violence. There are many, many battered women stuck in abusive relationships and I am so thankful for Project Safe and other organizations that are working to help some of them make a new start on their own. I was shocked and repulsed by the restaurants special and will never go there again.
Sonja Adcock March 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I know the owners of Chops and Hops personally. They are wonderful individuals and important members of the Watkinsville community. They support charitable organizations in the community in addition to Project Safe. The only thing repulsive about this story, are the individuals demonizing these great people over a joke on Twitter.


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