A Virginia country club has issued an apology after a 911-themed menu was brought to light on social media ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of the terrorist attacks that saw the loss of 2,977 people in 2001.
Some of the offending menu items for the “Patriot Day 2022 Seafood Sunday” menu included “Flight 93 Redirect,” “First Responder Flatbread,” and “Pentagon Pie.”
The menu has since been taken offline, but screengrabs live forever. As a result, George White, the manager at the Clubhouse at Aquia Harbour. issued an apology Tuesday on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“I apologize for those I offended with the 9/11 seafood Sunday post,” the post read. “My intention was to bring attention to that horrific day 21 years ago,” White continued. “To honor those who lost so much as well as those who gave everything that day. We will have a new theme tomorrow.”
Virginia country club thought it was a good idea to have a 9/11 themed menu for this Sunday, September 11. The “2977 Chowder” appears to be a reference to the number of people killed. (Via @ProducerSass) pic.twitter.com/0vXYDWbSD6
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 8, 2022
“This is so awful for anyone who lost someone on 9/11 or people who watched it happen right in front of them,” said a user named Kathleen Schmidt. “I’m one of those people.”
“Attempting to profit off 9/11 is gross in itself, but this themed menu is on another level,” concurred another. “Crispy oven-baked First Responder Flatbread…Someone really approved that idea.”
“I’m still not over this. Like how does this happen? No one said, hold up maybe this isn’t a good idea?” another wondered.
idk why but out of all these “First Responder Flatbread” feels the most eerie and morbid to me https://t.co/hvEufl7GKf
— jenova’s witness (she/her) (@NotEasyAnswers) September 8, 2022
I’m old enough to remember when people thought it was poor taste when The Onion did this as a joke https://t.co/k4Iyiqtw8w
— caroline mccarthy (@caro) September 8, 2022
Confused. About a satire site making fun of the commercialization of 9/11 remembrance? As opposed to a country club actually commercializing 9/11?
I mean, “2977 Chowder”? Really? THAT was how they de ided to point out the number of people that died? With CHOWDER?
— Mark Neill (@MNeill73) September 9, 2022
I guess you didn’t read all the way down to the “Flight 93 Redirect Crab Dip” then. 😮
— FunBobby (@FunBobby) September 8, 2022
Still, at least one person on Twitter thought the whole thing was much ado about nothing.
The world is thankful you were here to bring light to this injustice. With so much going on in the world today, we can lose perspective on things that matter.
— Lucas Davis (@sportsbyLD) September 8, 2022
The 911-themed menu has since been changed to an NFL theme for the league’s upcoming 2022-23 opening weekend. Some of the newly-named items include, “Hot Defense Crab Dip,” “Champs Chowder,” “Fumble Flounder,” and a “Touch Down-tini.”
Aquia Harbour has not responded to requests by multiple news outlets for comment.
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