Parent of LA chicken and waffle chain files Ch 11

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The parent company of Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, hit with a $1.6 million judgment in a racial discrimination case, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

East Coast Foods said Tuesday the company does not plan to close any locations, including the seven Roscoe's in Los Angeles.

Former employee Daniel Beasley, who won the racial discrimination and wrongful termination case against the company, is listed as a creditor in last week's bankruptcy court filing. Beasley, who is black, complained that Latino workers got better hours and that the kitchen staff routinely used racial epithets. The company denied his allegations but a jury in September decided in Beasley's favor.

His unsecured claim is listed as more than $3.2 million in the filing.

Since it was founded in 1975, Roscoe's has been a Los Angeles institution. In 2011, President Barack Obama made an unscheduled visit to the West Los Angeles location. In 2008, Larry King and Snoop Dogg stopped by the soul food joint. The chicken and waffle chain also gets a shout out in Notorious B.I.G.'s "Going Back to Cali."

After hearing the news, fans of Roscoe's took to Twitter to air their dismay.