FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2018
Lexington, VA - The Lexington restaurant The Red Hen will change its name to The Little Red Heckler, following the successful removal of Pres. Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from their restaurant.
The Little Red Heckler owner Stephanie Wilkinson said the new name fits the quaint restaurant because of the public stand it took against Pres. Trump.
“Not only did we remove Sarah from the restaurant, I also encouraged my wait staff to come outside the restaurant with me and yell at her from across the street,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson asked Sanders and her family members to leave the restaurant minutes after a waiter served them appetizers at The Little Red Hecker, located at 11 E. Washington St., in downtown Lexington.
After Sanders agreed to leave, Wilkinson got some of her wait staff and some of her liberal friends to join her outside and yell at Sanders from across the street, while they were eating at another restaurant.
Even though Sanders was not at the restaurant, Wilkinson said the effort was worth it so that they could be seen heckling someone associated with Pres. Trump.
“I felt inspired by my actions so I’m changing the name of our restaurant to The Little Red Heckler,” she said.
Sanders had left and driven home with her husband. While Wilkinson and her friends group were heckling the family, Sanders brother-in-law came outside and asked her to stop.
‘Look, I don’t like Trump,” he said. “I’m not a supporter, I’m considered liberal, but you guys are embarrassing me, and you’re not helping the cause.”
Wilkinson said she received support from Rep. Maxine Waters, who called her to congratulate her after what she did inside and outside the restaurant. Waters encouraged her followers to accost and yell at Trump officials at a rally in Los Angeles June 23.
"For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they're going to protest, they're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president 'no I can't hang with you, this is wrong this is unconscionable and we can't keep doing this to children,' "
Waters said Wilkinson’s actions are an example of what her followers should do to oppose the president and his policies.
“I encouraged her to continue and harass people associated with Pres. Trump and the people who voted for him,” she said.
Wilkinson recently resigned from her position as executive director of Main Street Lexington, an organization focuses on economic growth in the community. She may have been forced to resign because of the backlash other downtown Lexington businesses have received because of Wilkinson’s actions. Her photo was immediately removed from the Main Street Lexington web site.
The Little Red Heckler Hen offers fine dining featuring local, seasonal ingredients, a thoughtfully curated wine list, craft-brewed beers, specialty cocktails, and great coffee.
For more information, contact Stephanie Wilkinson at (540) 464-4401.
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