Beau Hobbs, the owner of Austin Cajun food truck Beaux Seafood, is facing backlash for several posts this past month on his personal Facebook page that touted debunked conspiracy theories surrounding George Floyd’s death and called the Black Lives Matter movement racist.
Many of Hobbs’s posts, which were public earlier today, were labeled with warnings of “partly false information” from Facebook. When these disclaimers were pointed out in the comments of his posts, as seen by Eater, Hobbs continued to insist they were true. His profile has been made private since then, though his Twitter, which has not been active since 2019 but promotes similarly toned messages, is still public. Screenshots of the Facebook posts, which contain racist content, are below.
Many people, mostly from the Austin area, have taken to Beaux’s Yelp page to express their displeasure with the Facebook posts, and several even updated previously positive reviews with negative ratings. Various Yelpers called Hobbs racist, shared screenshots of his posts, and recommended black-owned seafood establishments in the city instead.
Both the seafood truck’s Facebook and Instagram pages have since been taken down. When the Instagram account was still active, people had left message of support for Black Lives Matter. A screenshot of a post follows below as well.
Eater has reached out to Hobbs for further comment. This article will be updated accordingly.
Local nonprofit organization Austin Justice Coalition also shared a post calling out Hobbs by local events website Austin Socialite in its Instagram stories, encouraging followers not to visit the business.
Hobbs, a Baton Rouge native, opened the first location of Beaux in 2016 in Manchaca, and expanded to a second location outside the Quickie Pickie on East Cesar Chavez in 2019, though that appears to have closed in July the same year.
- Beaux Seafood [Yelp]