New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended | Pittsburgh City Paper

New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

When Tara Coleman heard about a new "'90s hip-hop themed fried chicken" restaurant opening in East Liberty, she thought it was a joke.

"Once I saw it was in fact real, it was more insulting than anything else," says Coleman, a Bloomfield resident who works at a boutique in East Liberty. "It's insulting to me as a person of color. I don't understand why it's being marketed this way. It's rather stereotypical to pair fried chicken and hip hop."

An article announcing the new restaurant called "the Coop" appeared on the website Good Food Pittsburgh over the weekend. The project is being launched by the owners of Muddy Waters Oyster Bar in East Liberty. According to the article, the owners are also planning to open a Hawaiian poke themed restaurant called the Big Kahuna.