Marietta’s racist bar
Last spring, Mulligan’s Food and Spirits in Marietta won national headlines by selling T-shirts that portrayed Barack Obama as a monkey.
As we drove by Sunday evening, a friend and I couldn’t help but notice that Mulligan’s owner Mike Norman continues to reel in his clientele with the same classy marketing approach (left).
The parking lot was packed bikes and pickup trucks, and it looked pretty full inside (call me chickenshit, but we didn’t actually go inside).
We did notice, however, a funky juxtaposition. Across the street, just about all the businesses has signs in Spanish. There was even some sort of evangelical “iglesia” inside the old Dixie Drive Cleaners building. The church’s bus was actually parked on the Mulligan’s side of the street — right next to the white power sign. That looked even
weirder once we noticed the anti-Mexican garbage on the other side of Norman’s sign (right). Just the fact that this place exists on a major road in one of Atlanta’s upscale suburbs seems anachronistic. On the other hand, Mulligan’s isn’t exactly out of place. Marietta is where the city fathers conspired back in
1913 1915 to lynch Leo Frank, a Jewish businessman whom evidence now shows was framed for a murder he didn’t commit. And Cobb County’s always had a serious strain of paranoid nativism running through its veins.
Yeah, Mulligan’s is actually right at home in 21st century Marietta. A nightlife site called ClubPlanet has this innocuous description of the bar: “If you’re trying to impress your date, Mulligans is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Mulligans offers.”
Of course, that’s only if your date would also be impressed by a cross-burning. And then there were the nice comments:
Great Place to Eat, Great owner!
Some friends and I ate here recently after all the publicity. It was awesome! Had a really good conversation with the owner about freedom of speech and the liberal and biased media. Cold Beer, not to mention there were a ton of hotties there too. Recommended for anyone!
Damned liberal, media! Makin’ good ol’ Mike look bad!
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