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Buffalo Wild Wings CEO meets to discuss racial incident

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  • CORRECTS THE CITY TO NAPERVILLE, NOT AURORA - This photo shows the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, where black customers said they were asked to move to a different table after a regular customer told managers he didn't want to sit near them. An attorney representing the customers who say they were asked to change tables at the restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training.

    CORRECTS THE CITY TO NAPERVILLE, NOT AURORA - This photo shows the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, where black customers said they were asked to move to a different table after a regular customer told managers he didn't want to sit near them. An attorney representing the customers who say they were asked to change tables at the restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training.
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  • Marcus Riley, left, and Ashley Smith, cry while speaking at a news conference in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Riley said he was asked to move to a different table at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, Ill., because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training.

    Marcus Riley, left, and Ashley Smith, cry while speaking at a news conference in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Riley said he was asked to move to a different table at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, Ill., because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people. The franchise announced after last month's incident that the two employees in question had been fired and others will undergo sensitivity training.
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  • Marcus Riley, who says he was asked to move to a different table at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people, speaks Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at a news conference in Aurora, Ill. An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to change tables at the Chicago-area restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.

    Marcus Riley, who says he was asked to move to a different table at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people, speaks Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at a news conference in Aurora, Ill. An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to change tables at the Chicago-area restaurant because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.
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  • Ashley Smith wipes away tears as others talk about how she and others were mistreated recently at a Naperville, Ill. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP) (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)

    Ashley Smith wipes away tears as others talk about how she and others were mistreated recently at a Naperville, Ill. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP) (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)
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  • Aurora, Ill. resident Casildo Cuevas shows support of the families involved in an incident at a Naperville, Ill. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant during a press conference Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 in Aurora, Ill. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)

    Aurora, Ill. resident Casildo Cuevas shows support of the families involved in an incident at a Naperville, Ill. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant during a press conference Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 in Aurora, Ill. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)
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  • Marcus Riley of Bolingbrook, Ill., foreground, speaks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Aurora, Ill., about how he and other families, background, were asked to move because others didn't want to sit by them at a Naperville, Ill., Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)

    Marcus Riley of Bolingbrook, Ill., foreground, speaks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Aurora, Ill., about how he and other families, background, were asked to move because others didn't want to sit by them at a Naperville, Ill., Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)
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  • Attorney Cannon Lambert talks Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about some changes he would like to see Buffalo Wild Wings make after a multiracial group of customers was mistreated at a Naperville, Ill. restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP

    Attorney Cannon Lambert talks Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about some changes he would like to see Buffalo Wild Wings make after a multiracial group of customers was mistreated at a Naperville, Ill. restaurant. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP
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  • Justin Vahl of Montgomery, IL and his wife, Mary, right, speak during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about how he was asked to move at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, Ill., because a nearby couple didn't want to sit near blacks. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)

    Justin Vahl of Montgomery, IL and his wife, Mary, right, speak during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about how he was asked to move at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, Ill., because a nearby couple didn't want to sit near blacks. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- The president of Buffalo Wild Wings met with officials of a Chicago suburb where customers of a restaurant were asked to move to different tables because a patron didn't want to be seated near black people.

Company president Lyle Tick met Tuesday with Naperville officials, customers and restaurant workers to learn from the incident. In a statement Wednesday, the company also said "leadership does not condone in any way what happened" at the restaurant.

Attorney Cannon Lambert, representing the customers who say they were asked in October to move because of their skin color, says a lawsuit won't be necessary if Buffalo Wild Wings changes the way it hires and trains employees.

In their Wednesday statement, the company said the families brought up several "great" recommendations and requests, "all of which we can positively address."