LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Race is being cited in a lawsuit against a Louisville restaurant.
Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge located at Fourth Street Live! was named in a lawsuit accused of denying access to African American customers.
Maker's Mark Distillery said it has no ownership or involvement with the restaurant, "Maker's Mark licenses its name and trademark to a third party appointed by Cordish Operating Ventures, LLC, which is solely responsible for the ownership, operation and management of the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville Kentucky."
The Distillery released a statement after learning of the lawsuit stating;
"The allegations in the complaint are extremely serious and, if true, reflect behavior that is abhorrent and unacceptable, as well as absolutely contrary to the core brand values of Maker's Mark. Maker's Mark does not accept, and will not tolerate, discrimination in any form, and has so notified and warned the company which is solely responsible for the operation of the Lounge. While not involved in the litigation, Maker's Mark will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take all actions it feels necessary under the circumstances."
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