Capital Rebirth organizer says Dockside Willies incident was ‘a big misunderstanding’


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Capital Rebirth organizer Mikell Simpson said Saturday evening that the Friday incident that happened at Dockside Willies restaurant in Wormleysburg was “a big misunderstanding.”

In a series of social media posts, Mikell stated that he along with members of his organization were “basically denied service” at Dockside Willies Friday night. Full story here.

On Saturday, Mikell Simpson sat with the owner of the restaurant for a conversation to discuss the events that unfolded the night before.

After their conversation, both sides addressed the media, expressing their newfound respect for one another.

“It turns out it was a big misunderstanding, that turned into a future partnership. He’s willing to help with his support to Capital Rebirth, our organization, and moving forward, I am excited,” Simpson said, referring to Dockside Willies owner Don Carter Jr.

With both hands resting on the shoulders of the two Capital Rebirth members, Carter said, “I just got two new friends and I think a lot of good’s going to come of it.”

He also expressed his willingness to partner with Capital Rebirth to help support the inner-city community.

“We love to support the community. I know there is a need. These guys are going to give me the opportunity and help the inner-city youths and all the things they stand for. I am excited about it. I think we turned a real negative into a positive tonight,” Carter said.

Simpson said he is looking forward to going home to tell his daughter that after a conversation with the owner he will be able to take her to the restaurant tomorrow.

“This is one of my favorite restaurants that I enjoy coming to with my family and friends and now it’s soothing to know that I can come back here, some things will be changed. Just a misunderstanding,” Simpson said.

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