On Thursday, Founders Brewing Company announced its Detroit taproom will reopen in 2020. The company also said it will donate 100 percent of profits from the reopened taproom to Detroit charities and organizations until at least 2022, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The decision comes a week after Founders reached a settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former employee Tracy Evans in August 2018. Details regarding the settlement have not been disclosed, but brewery co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers said in a statement that both parties “agreed that nobody be viewed at fault here.”
Evans, meanwhile, said “we have legal resolution… I don’t know what Dave and Mike have planned for the future, but I know that ‘seeing color’ and valuing people for who they are, and their collection of experiences is the mission.”
Evans, a former manager at the brewery’s Grand Rapids and Detroit locations, claimed he was fired after filing a formal complaint regarding racist behavior he experienced at Founders, including employees’ use of the “n” word on multiple occasions.
Founders temporarily closed its Detroit taproom on October 25, citing “safety concerns” for its employees after a court deposition between Evans’ lawyer, Jack Schulz, and Founders manager Dominic Ryan, was leaked. The company faced growing public outrage and the boycott of its products as a result.
Regarding the reopening, Stevens said in a statement, “We really wanted to be a part of the historic renaissance taking place in Detroit. We feel we opened Detroit for the right reasons, but we recognize there’s room to do things better… we promise an environment that will be positive for our customers, employees and the community as a whole.”