ATLANTA, Ga. (Aug. 17, 2016) – With little fanfare or media coverage, OK Cafe quietly replaced the large artwork of the former Georgia state flag (the one with the Confederate battle emblem) with the “Betsy Ross” American flag.
But don’t worry Trump supporters, the former Georgia flag still hangs, though in a less-conspicuous spot near the cafe’s Money Tree. The artwork flies above the counter seating on the back-end of the restaurant near the take-out area.
A year ago today, this blog predicted that the “Betsy Ross” – the U.S. flag with 13 stars in a circle that flew in 1792 would replace the embattled battle flag version of the Georgia flag. But when OK Cafe reopened in October 2015 after a devastating December 2014, the Georgia flag still flew in the same high-profile spot in the Buckhead restaurant’s main dining area. That changed recently, and we’re not too humble to say we were right (not in a bad way).
Given the intense media coverage a year ago – fueled by Georgia state Sen. Vincent Fort’s request that OK Cafe remove the controversial artwork, we’re wondering why the media haven’t followed up on this story.