Never underestimate the dedication of community activist and long-time Long Beach musical icon Snoop Dogg.
In light of the parent company of iconic Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles declaring bankruptcy last week, Long Beach’s own Snoop Dogg is saying he might just have to step in and save the day.
“Bankruptcy? Roscoe’s went—no they didn’t!” said Snoop to a TMZ stringer asking if he’d heard the news. “I guess I’m [gonna] have to buy it man, and make it ‘Snoop Dogg’s Chicken and Waffles.’”
Reps for the beleaguered restaurant, long-renowned for hosting a devoted following that includes President Obama, Natalie Cole and the Doggystyle lyric spitter himself, maintain the bankruptcy will have no discernible impact on day-to-day operations.
The rapper followed his comments with a tweet, posted yesterday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the parent company, East Coast Foods Inc. filed for bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of California, estimating it has incurred debts between $10 million and $50 million. The company’s assets total less than $50,000.
Court documents list former employee Daniel Beasley as one of its largest creditors, after he won a racial discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the chain. The bankruptcy filing has arrived just a few months after the court verdict determining the company owed Beasley $3.2 million.
Beasley alleged that the company gave Latino employees better work schedules than its black employees, and that he was fired as a result of pushing for different scheduling practices. After losing his job, he became homeless, numerous media outlets reported.
"Our subsidiary East Coast Foods has filed for Chapter 11 in hopes to reorganize," said Roscoe's spokeswoman Diane Vara. "[It] will not affect our business."
But, just in case business is ever affected, it’s nice to know Snoop has our backs.