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(Gothamist) — Flatiron bar and lounge 230 Fifth (you may recall its rooftop bar as the host of Kobayashi’s controversial solo hotdog eating contest on July 4) is at the center of a $500 million racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a black man from Texas.  Rainbell Owens is claiming that he and his 15 friends, all of whom were also black, were kicked out of the bar during a 2009 birthday party after owner Steven Greenberg started screaming that the cake they brought in would “f- – k up my $10,000 sofa.” Owens is suing the bar for $500 million in damages. It’s not the first time the bar has been at the center of a lawsuit—in 2009, a chef was arrested for sexually assaulting a guest during a Halloween party.

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