John Mattingly responds to Bowling Green restaurant controversy

A video goes viral on social media that shows the owner of Anna’s Greek restaurant in Bowling Green being confronted by restaurant patrons.
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 7:31 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A video goes viral on social media that shows the owner of Anna’s Greek Restaurant in Bowling Green being confronted by restaurant patrons.

The customers are upset that their dinners were interrupted by an event hosting John Mattingly. They said Mattingly’s event had speakers playing loud footage that involved gunshots from the 2020 protests.

“The presentation crossed the line,” Cayce Johnson, who was dining restaurant during Mattingly’s event, said. “It was completely distasteful and disrespectful. It was devoid of humanity. They should have never put that on in a public space. We should have never been subjected to that.”

Cayce Johnson made reservations at the Greek restaurant for a group of friends. She said the event took them back to March of 2020, including the Breonna Taylor protests.

Originally, the plan was to host the Mattingly event at a private venue, but those plans changed.

In a YouTube response, Mattingly apologized for disturbing other customers in the restaurant that night.

“There was no ill will and no malice,” Mattingly said. “We didn’t want the other patrons to hear this. I apologize to you I really do.”

Mattingly also said in his apology video that he’s offered to pay people’s receipts from that night and those individuals have declined.

Johnson said she and her friends are still uncomfortable with the situation that took place. She believes the apology is a start but doesn’t erase how it made them feel.

”I am so ashamed my friends were put in that situation,” Johnson said. “The memories from 2020, an awful year for people of color and for Kentucky.”

As of now, the organization that hosted Mattingly, the Republican Women’s Club of South Central Kentucky, has deactivated its social media accounts and not returned messages.

Anna’s Greek Restaurant provided a statement on Thursday issuing an apology for individuals who were negatively affected.