The co-owner of the Pink Hen in Virginia says her enterprise remains to be doing properly practically a yr after she famously requested White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to go away the restaurant. Stephanie Wilkinson writes in an editorial for the Washington Submit that she and her staff lived by a yr’s price of on-line threats, protests, and hate mail (and a handful of supportive letters, too) dumped on her doorstep following the incident.
The Pink Hen gained nationwide consideration final June for 86ing the Trump administration official, a call Wilkinson characterised as a stand in opposition to an individual who defends “inhumane and unethical” presidential insurance policies. Huckabee Sanders tweeted concerning the incident and was ultimately supported by the president, who tweeted his personal unfavourable evaluate of the restaurant. Predictably, the restaurant skilled nearly rapid right-wing backlash, leading to each the restaurant house owners and staff getting doxxed. Along with the relentless threats, the Pink Hen additionally acquired quite a few false reservations and ultimately closed down for 2 weeks to regroup.
Regardless of all of the literal hen shit that was thrown at her enterprise, Wilkinson maintains that refusing to serve Huckabee Sanders was transfer that in the end didn’t hurt her restaurant.

After we opened after a 10-day hiatus, our eating room was full. Within the following weeks, individuals who had by no means been to the Shenandoah Valley traveled out of their strategy to eat with us. A whole lot of orders for our Pink Hen spice mix poured in. And the love unfold far past our door, as supporters despatched 1000’s of {dollars} in donations in our honor to our native meals pantry, our home violence shelter and first responders.
After practically a yr, I’m pleased to say that enterprise remains to be good. Higher than good, really. And in addition to the enhance to our space charities, our city’s hospitality and gross sales income have gone up, too.

The crew on the Pink Hen are removed from alone of their choice to make eating out an uncomfortable, tough expertise for Trump officers. Eating protesters have variedly yelled “fascist” at Stephen Miller and heckled former Secretary of Homeland Safety Kirstjen Nielsen. Wilkinson’s account goes to indicate that people who select to protest political insurance policies in a restaurant setting can anticipate some fairly heinous blowback, but in addition, maybe, the reward of understanding there are folks on the market which can be prepared to assist them.
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