It is with great sadness that we announce that the Founders Detroit Taproom will be permanently closing its doors today.
Unfortunately, our Detroit location has not been immune to the struggle to regain foot traffic after temporary Covid closures that have impacted restaurants and bars across the nation.
There is no doubt that the bar and restaurant industry has struggled throughout the pandemic and, in pockets, continues to struggle. Consider, however, that less than three hours before Founders announced its Detroit taproom closure, it was sued by a Black employee claiming that the brewery promoted her "purely for optic reasons" and subjected her to "egregious racial harassment" that was "so objectively racially hostile that she had no choice but to resign" last week.
Racial harassment lawsuits are not new to Founders. Four years ago, it settled another racial discrimination lawsuit, one that was made famous by a manager who testified in his deposition that he did not know that the plaintiff (or Barack Obama, or Michael Jordan) was Black.