Before it closed, Bella’s Restaurant used to serve colorful grilled vegetable panini in Richmond.

Scott Elmquist

Before it closed, Bella’s Restaurant used to serve colorful grilled vegetable panini in Richmond.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bella's Restaurant Owner Remarks Cause Uproar

Compares Black Lives Matter with KKK.

Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Restaurant owners say the darndest things. And you may have met this particular restaurateur in Richmond.

For less than a year, Bella’s Restaurant served up Italian food in the Short Pump Village Shopping Center a few doors down from Peter Chang China Cafe. After it closed, Chang took over the building and opened the doors to Noodles & Dumplings.

The original Bella’s, located in Charlottesville, is still going strong. And so is its owner, although he may have lost his part-time job.

Douglas Muir taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia in the engineering and applied science department.

That is, until last week.

On Oct. 4, Muir wrote in response to a Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter event: “Black lives matter is the biggest rasist [sic] organization since the clan. Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!” Although the comment has been deleted, the vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Wes Bellamy, posted a screenshot on Instagram.

U.Va. wasn’t happy about what Muir had to say.

“While free speech and open discussion are fundamental principles of our nation and the University, Mr. Muir’s comment was entirely inappropriate,” officials said in a news release. “UVA Engineering does not condone actions that undermine our values, dedication to diversity and educational mission.”

Muir is now on leave from the university.

No word yet if the owner's post has affected pasta consumption at the Charlottesville restaurant.

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