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Offbeat For the first time since Sanders' visit, the Red Hen opens amid protests

17:51  06 july  2018
17:51  06 july  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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After refusing to serve Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on June 22, the Red Hen restaurant became notorious, prompting a national LEXINGTON, Va. – For a tiny restaurant in the heart of this historic city, opening for business Thursday evening was a new chapter in a national political saga.

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LEXINGTON, Va. — For a tiny restaurant in the heart of this historic city, opening for business Thursday evening was a new chapter in a national political saga. 

After refusing to serve Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on June 22, the Red Hen restaurant grew notorious, prompting a national debate over social decency in an era of sharp political divides. Protesters flocked to the restaurant, and it stayed closed for nearly two weeks. 

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Amid protesters , the Red Hen opened its doors for The Red Hen restaurant that tossed itself into the national spotlight after refusing to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last month reopened for the first time Thursday evening, even as protests continued outside.

Ahead of the scheduled reopening at 5 p.m., protesters and hopeful customers gathered on the bucolic street corner outside the Red Hen, just across from the Stonewall Jackson House. 

"If they want to serve up politics rather than Southern fried chicken, then they are setting up their own demise as a restaurant," said Jeff Hulbert, the founder of Patriot Picket, a group of demonstrators that focuses on the Second Amendment.

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Members of his group carried signs that drew comparisons between the current moment and the civil rights era, bearing slogans like "Red Hen 2018 = 1960 Woolworth Lunch Counter," referencing a restaurant where four African-American students were refused service during an anti-segregation protest. 

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"They were getting kicked out of places for the color of their skin, now we have people getting kicked out of restaurants for their political persuasion," said Paul Brockman, another member of Patriot Picket. 

As would-be customers and passersby walked through the group of protesters, arguments erupted. 

"This'll be closed within a year!" one man shouted. "We'll keep it open!" a woman replied.

As 5 o'clock drew closer, red-aproned employees shuffled in and out of a side door. All declined comment. 

And almost immediately after the restaurant's opening, potential customers began to arrive. Anyone without a reservation was turned away. According to a sign on the restaurant door, the restaurant was booked for the night. 

"I thought it was very brave what the owner did," said Don Mandelkorn, who had hoped to eat at the Red Hen on his way back home to Vermont. "We wanted to support the actions she took."

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White House correspondent Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA on June 22, 2018 because she worked for President Donald

'The owner of the Red Hen - nobody's told this - then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest , yelling and screaming at them from outside the other restaurant and creating this scene.' The Christian minister added that several of his daughter's liberal in-laws were in attendance

A frequent theme among the restaurant's supporters was the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the right of a Colorado baker to refuse service to a gay couple on religious grounds.

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"I probably would have thought that they shouldn’t have kicked her out," said Arlene White, a Lexington native who had hoped to eat at the Red Hen. "But if you won’t make a cake for a gay couple, for their wedding, and the Supreme Court upholds that right, then things have just gone far enough that I think they’re right to kick her out."

The one thing protesters and customers seemed to share was a fervent want to express their beliefs — as well as a frustration with the political moment that sparked the Red Hen incident in the first place. 

"What happened to that lady — and I mean lady — should never happen to any human being," said Butch Barley, of Concord, Virginia, who was protesting the restaurant. "You can only take so much, and I’ve gotten to that point. You back up, you back up, you back up, eventually you’re against a wall."

And although the atmosphere was tense at times, several back-and-forths ended with mutual agreement on at least one subject: People should talk to each other. 

"Everybody be nice to everybody," Mandelkorn said jokingly. "All right?"

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