The Virginia restaurateur, who kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of her restaurant last year, defends the Chicago cocktail bar server that spit into Eric Trump's face last week, and said politicians involved in & # 39; hate & # 39; should consider dining at home.
Stephanie Wilkinson made headlines last year when she bumped into Sanders from her Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.
Now she supports the nameless server in the chic Chicago bar The Aviary that spit into Eric Trump's face when he walked in on Tuesday night and was briefly detained by secret service agents.
Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, who eliminated Sarah Sanders last year, has published a new edition in defense of the Chicago server that spit on Eric Trump on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Eric Trump entered the chic Chicago bar The Aviary and was approached and spit upon by a female employee, who was later detained and subsequently released by his secret service agents.
Wilkinson says that restaurants & # 39; are part of the sound image of our ongoing national spectacle & # 39 ;.
& # 39 Whether the bar or restaurant serves only as a background … or plays an active role in the drama, as was the case with Cracker Barrel, Aviary or my restaurant in June, the company involved inevitably comes under fire & # 39 , wrote Wilsinson in an opinion piece for the Washington Post published Friday.
& # 39; Part of the audience will rebuke owners and managers about & # 39; stay in their job & # 39; and express their grief over the loss of a & # 39; politically-free zone & # 39 ;, "she added.
Despite an open service policy where it is illegal to refuse service to anyone because of their race, religion, or national origin, Wilkinson says dining places have the right to refuse service.
& # 39; If you are an unpleasant individual – of whatever belief or kinship – we have no legal or moral obligation to do business with you, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; If you are an unpleasant individual – of whatever belief or kinship – we have no legal or moral obligation to do business with you, & # 39; she said. Wilkinson & # 39; s restaurant the Red Hen upstairs in Lexington, Virginia
She added that the controversial skirmishes usually have nothing to do with the meals themselves.
& # 39; It is more often a frustrated person (some are restaurant staff) who shout out to the representatives of an administration that has made its name by breaking standards and withdrawing, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Not surprising when you think about it: you can't call people your enemies during the day and & # 39; expect hospitality from them in the evening, ”she added.
Wilkinson closed her opinion piece and said that when the world returns to & # 39; its normal axis & # 39; fewer & # 39; highly-charged encounters & # 39; get the headlines.
But for the time being her message is clear.
& # 39; In the meantime, the new rules apply. If you are directly involved in spreading hatred or perpetuating suffering, you might consider dining at home, "she said.
& # 39; In the meantime, the new rules apply. If you are directly involved in spreading hatred or perpetuating suffering, you might consider eating at home. For the rest, your table is waiting, & Wilkinson said. Eric Trump introduced himself in an Irish pub in 2019
President Donald Trump's son left the luxury Aviary bar (photo) when the incident occurred Tuesday night
The aviary can be seen above. It is located in the West Loop and offers creative cocktails
Wilkinson's daring move to ask Sarah Sanders to leave the Red Hen in June 2018 when she arrived with seven family members was outraged and supported by the population.
After the incident, Sanders tweeted about the meeting and said she politely left & # 39; and & # 39; (Wilkinsons) actions say much more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those with whom I disagree, with respect and I will continue to do so. & # 39;
Wilkinson said her employees were uncomfortable with having Sanders there and voting before they asked her to leave.
On Tuesday, June 25, Eric Trump visited Chicago for his work as he entered the chic Aviary bar – run by famous chef Grant Achatz.
After entering a female server approached him and allegedly spit on him.
The US secret service took that employee into custody and the Chicago police arrested her. Trump then asked the Chicago Police to release her when she was told she would be charged otherwise.
Alinea Group, which runs the bar, says that the employee has been placed on leave.
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