Mercer County residents who support racial justice are calling on people to boycott the Hamilton restaurant the Stone Terrace by John Henry, a popular fine dining and catering venue for weddings, business meetings, and political functions.
Area business and non-profit leaders have expressed outrage about Facebook posts by Joseph Russo, the brother-in-law of John Henry. People are planning to picket the Kuser Road restaurant at 6 p.m.
Russo, who listed himself on Facebook as the chef and co-owner of John Henry’s and has been identified in the past as a partner in the business in newspaper profiles, posted photos on Facebook claiming that George Floyd is still alive and attended his own funeral. He also called the Black Lives Matter movement “bullshit,” and showed a white officer kneeling on a handcuffed suspect with the words, “Hey NFL — Here’s how to take a knee.” He also posted a photoshopped picture of Melania Trump next to Michelle Obama, with Obama wearing the clothes of a slave. At the end of May, he suggested that the protests and looting were why people need AR 15 and 30 round magazines.
In response to complaints on social media, on Thursday a Stone Terrace Facebook page post claimed that Russo is not a co-owner of the restaurant and that the restaurant stands behind the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Stone Terrace Facebook page has since been deleted or hidden, and Russo has made most of his Facebook posts private. The Stone Terrace has not responded to requests for comment from various media outlets.