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Rumor has it – they received a citation for having “slime”
in the ice machine?
The owner of the Red Hen Restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her restaurant because Sarah worked for POTUS.
Her phone number is – 540 464-4401 if you want to complain.
Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in Lexington, Va.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.
“He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?” “I said I’d be down to see if it’s true.”
And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.
When she walked into the restaurant, Wilkinson saw that there had been no mistake.
The kitchen was already preparing the party’s main course.
Wilkinson interrupted to huddle with her workers.
Several Red Hen employees were gay, she said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.
“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said yes.”
(Can you imagine the owner asking the staff what to do instead of making a business decision and how it would affect the bottom line. That tells you that it was based on emotions.)
“I said, ‘I’m the owner,’ ” she recalled, ” ‘I’d like you to come out to the patio with me for a word.’ ”
They stepped outside, into another small enclosure, but at least out of the crowded restaurant.
“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.
“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”
Sanders’s response was immediate, Wilkinson said: ” ‘ That’s fine. I’ll go.’ ”
Sanders went back to the table, picked up her things and walked out. The others at her table had been welcome to stay, Wilkinson said. But they didn’t.
“They offered to pay,” Wilkinson said. “I said, ‘No. It’s on the house.’ ”
If you’ve ever heard the term “to 86 someone,” it comes from the restaurant industry — code for table eviction.
Between the fury and fawning of 2,000 people who almost certainly had not eaten at the restaurant, the Red Hen’s Yelp reviews almost instantly averaged out to two-and-a-half stars.
Another Red Hen in the District was at pains to make clear that it had no affiliation with Wilkinson’s place.
And that was before Sanders confirmed the story in a late morning tweet, including the restaurant’s name and location.
“I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” the press secretary wrote. “Her actions say far more about her than about me.”
And she added: “Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again. . . . We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”
This woman didn’t make the decision – the wait staff did on emotions. She didn’t have the guts to do it as the owner. She allowed the staff to push her across that blue line.
That is what I call “cutting your nose off to spite your face.” With the attitude of the wait staff – certainly wouldn’t place my feet under one of her tables in that restaurant – who knows they might spike my chicken alphabet soup with their hate.