On Tuesday night, a diner at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea was hit over the head with a wooden chair in an alleged bias attack. The Hate Crimes Task Force says they are now investigating the attack on Jonathan Snipes and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, who were celebrating Cinco de Mayo when they ended up in a brawl with another patron who they say repeatedly called them gay slurs.

In ALL my years coming to BBQ's never seen a fight but this was just a piece of it. Smh 😱😱😱😱😱😱

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Dallas BBQ has put up a statement about the incident in the window of their Chelsea location:

Snipes spent hours with detectives yesterday going over the events of the assault: the two men had accidentally knocked over a drink as they were leaving the restaurant, which led to a verbal confrontation with the other table, which then became a physical one. "A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, 'White f----ts, spilling drinks,'" Snipes told DNAInfo. "I don't let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, 'What did you say about us?'"

Witnesses described the fight to CBS: "He was on the floor being stomped — like he was stomping to kill," Isaam Sharef, who captured video of the assault, told them. "Like, it was violently dangerous. It was out of control to even see it...In all my years, I had never seen anything like that. I had never seen somebody crack — I mean like, you could hear the wood break; like, that heavy, thick wood upside that man's head."

Snipes wrote on Facebook: "Ethan and I want to extend our most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone for their support. We are in better spirits and believe that our assailants will be found and brought to justice. We live in the finest city in the world and have the VERY BEST police officers to match! I am humbled and immensely thankful for their help. Even in the midst of turmoil we feel so blessed to have been shown such compassion. Thank you all again. Please have a safe and happy evening."

Corey Johnson, the councilman who represents Chelsea, said in a statement that such attacks are intolerable: "The fact that this attack took place in the neighborhood of Chelsea, a place known around the world for its acceptance of all people, is particularly outrageous."

No arrests have been made in connection with the assault.