Racist Restaurant in Nairobi Shut Down by Authorities

The Nairobi County Government has closed down a Chinese restaurant in the Kilimani neighborhood that allegedly did not serve black Kenyans after 5 p.m. The Daily Nation reported Tuesday that the restaurant, which was simply known as “Chinese Restaurant,” was shut down because it did not have a health or a liquor license.

“I have ordered the inspectorate and the liquor licensing board to close it with immediate effect,” said Gov. Evans Kidero, noting that the restaurant had been approved to operate but had not acquired the mandatory licenses.

The governor also stressed the fact that the restaurant would be furthered investigated as to how it had been able to operate illegally for over three years.

The restaurant’s management claimed that it had been “operating legally for many years,” mentioning that the racial policies were implemented in 2013 following a robbery.

“Because of the concern of the business environment at night and the bad memory of…2013, we adopted certain measures,” read an apologetic statement released by the restaurant’s management. “Unfortunately, some of the measures were inappropriate, we sincerely apologize for this.”

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.