Atlantic Social Club, a 7,000 square-foot classic “old style New York tavern,” plans to open by year-end at 673 Atlantic Ave., seating 160 in the dining room with another 80 at the bar.That means Tony Roma's is history--indeed, it's no longer listed on the company map, Foursquare says it's closed, and a phone call got the response "we're doing renovations." The location is the Atlantic Terrace building just catercorner to the arena block.
“It’s a place where you can feel comfortable having a cheeseburger alone at the bar, eating steak with a group of friends, celebrating birthdays or having date nights,” said David Massoni, one of TKRG’s partners, with Dale Talde — a former “Top Chef” personality and head chef at Buddakan — and John Bush.
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…