A Houston area Mexican restaurant has received and responded to backlash for serving Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend.
Many people called for the the restaurant, El Tiempo Cantina, to be boycotted, and others took to Yelp.com to give bad reviews.
Um … El Tiempo … seriously? pic.twitter.com/hQd0jK6ItB
— Laura Moser (@lcmoser) August 11, 2018
El Tiempo Cantina said on Saturday that the Secret Service alerted the restaurant to their impending arrival but the management was unaware of who was going to be dining there.
“The secret service contacted us that a government official was coming to dinner at our establishment and his identity was not know until he walked through the door,” the restaurant’s owner, Roland Laurenzo, wrote on Facebook, according to The Hill.
Many of the protesters linked the president’s immigration policies as a reason for this Mexican restaurant to refuse to serve Sessions.
“The posting of a photograph of the Attorney General at one of our restaurants does not represent us supporting his positions,” the post, which has since been deleted, added. “El Tiempo does not in anyway support the practice of separating children from parents or any other practices of the government relative to immigration.”
The criticism follows a litany of restaurants either deciding not to serve members of the administration, or facing backlash for serving them. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and protesters berated DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen until she left a restaurant.