Buffalo restaurant Draft Room takes down Instagram post of MLK in Sabres jersey

A downtown Buffalo restaurant has eliminated a social media post that includes civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. after it induced some backlash on social media.

The Draft Room on Sunday posted to its Instagram web page a black-and-white photograph of King edited to be sporting a Buffalo Sabres jersey as a method to let clients know the restaurant could be open on the nationwide vacation. 

The caption accompanying the photograph learn, “Come in tomorrow while we celebrate MLK day and hopefully a Sabres win! Other restaurants in the area may not be open but we are, at 11am…see you there!” 

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Some Instagram customers wrote that it was inappropriate for The Draft Room to make use of King to advertise the restaurant. 

The Draft Room – at 79 Perry St., subsequent door to KeyBank Center – is managed and operated by Select Pour Ventures, which took over operations of the restaurant and taproom from Pegula Sports and Entertainment after it closed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Select Pour Ventures marketing consultant and spokesperson Marc Honan stated the post was taken down after The Draft Room group realized the post didn’t meet the institution’s social media targets and customers left “a couple of negative comments.” 

“The goals of our social media presence are simple,” Honan stated. “It’s really just to promote The Draft Room, promote the atmosphere, whether it’s specials or open times or new menu items.

“Unfortunately, that was the objective of this post.”

The restaurant does not want to create a negative presence on social media, Honan said. 

“When we noticed some commentary that was damaging, it was apparent (the post) did not meet our targets,” he said. 

Honan said the company used the objections as an opportunity to meet with its employees and review the social media policy. 

“It’s unlucky that we created a damaging when our objective is absolutely to create a optimistic,” Honan stated.


Pegula Sports & Entertainment introduced it has reached an settlement with a newly shaped enterprise referred to as Select Pour Ventures to handle the Draft Room, in addition to a non-public membership referred to as Room 120, at 79 Perry St.

In 2017, Sabres and Bills house owners Terry and Kim Pegula purchased and redeveloped the Cobblestone District constructing that is dwelling to The Draft Room.

It reopened in 2021 after PSE reached an settlement with the newly shaped Select Pour Ventures to handle the restaurant, in addition to a non-public membership referred to as Room 120.

A PSE spokesperson on Monday referred inquiries to Select Pour Ventures.

The Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon misplaced to the Florida Panthers, 4-1.

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