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UPDATED: Roots Bistro Makes Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Marquee to Sell Beer

UPDATED: The sign outside Roots Bistro today, Monday, carries the following apology: "Sorry a million times over, Houston." See next page for more.


The last time anyone found a domestic violence joke funny was during an episode of The Honeymooners, and those were dark times, America. However, one Houston restaurant still finds the topic hilarious nearly 60 years later.

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Roots Bistro, a vegetarian-friendly restaurant on Lower Westheimer, ran the following sign on its marquee this weekend: "Beer should be like violence: domestic." Although a manager would later claim the sign was only up for 10 minutes, it immediately sparked outrage across the Internet, on Twitter and on Facebook.

"Shame on you for that sign," wrote Elizabeth Hilts on Roots Bistro's Facebook page in only one of a flood of comments. "Shame, shame, shame."

Above her on the restaurant's Facebook page, Stephen Madden had written: "Recommendation: Take the sign down, apologize and contact HAWC for badly needed training on the horrors of domestic violence."

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Katharine Shilcutt