FFRF tables sectarian Tennessee buffet discount (Jan. 21, 2012)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ended the Asuka Hibachi and Buffet’s (Smyrna, Tenn.) unlawful practice of giving a discount only to church-goers.

Asuka Hibachi and Buffet promoted a $1 discount to customers who brought in a church bulletin on Sundays. The restaurant displayed the offer on a hand-written sign as a “family special.” In a Jan. 18 letter to Asuka Hibachi, Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt informed the owners of their serious violation of both the federal Civil Rights Act and Tennessee Civil Rights Laws, as “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal employment of goods.”

Schmitt received a satisfactory response on Jan. 21 from Ricky Chan, owner of Asuka Hibachi: “I had addressed this issue to my staff, and have taken the sign down. I do apologize for any issues, this may have caused.” 

Freedom From Religion Foundation