After receiving a racist, threatening letter in their mailbox, A&I’s Chicken Shack announced on Facebook they would be closed for a few days. But it wasn’t the offensive letter that shut them down, they actually ran out of food because so many people came out to eat there to show their support of the new soul food spot.
The restaurant in Siler City, North Carolina has only been open for a couple weeks and posted the letter they received on social media. It’s full of racial slurs and ends with the threat: “YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT HERE leave town or we will help you.” A&I’s Chicken Shack alerted the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and it’s being investigated as a possible hate crime, but the support from the community has shown them that not everyone feels that way. Locals have been flocking to eat there, so many that they wiped the kitchen out of food, forcing them to close for a few days to restock.
In another Facebook post, A&I writes, “We really appreciate all the words of encouragement and a big thanks to the Siler City community, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and the local chapter of the NAACP.”.