A Florida restaurant that posted a sign telling Biden supporters to go “elsewhere” was forced to temporarily close after not having enough food to meet increased demands, Fox News reported.
The DeBary Diner, located in DeBary, Florida, closed Sept. 2 after running out of food due to increased demand after posting a sign on the door that read: “If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept, and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere.”
Speaking to local station Fox35, Angie Ugarte, the store owner, confessed that this was the only thing she felt she could do after seeing what had happened in Afghanistan. “I was just angry. I was just let down. I felt like one of those mothers, or wives, or sisters who were gonna get that knock on the door,” she explained.
But what she never imagined was the number of reactions to her decision, as people started calling her from all over the world, most of them to congratulate her, although she also received some threats.
At the same time, several military veterans also came to the restaurant to express their support for the sign Ugarte had put up.
“I’ve gotten so many people calling me from all over the world, from Europe, trying to purchase meals for veterans, which I still haven’t been able to organize,” Ugarte told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
“All these people said, ‘We’ve got to come over here and thank Angie.’ We wanted to come over and thank you,” Rod Phillips, a decorated Vietnam veteran told Ugarte as he clutched her hand. “Being a Vietnam veteran and combat-wounded, I don’t wish war on anybody. But there is a proper time and place to get out of there.”
Ugarte said she has received some “death and bomb threats,” but the reactions have been mostly favorable. Customers, in addition to supporting her, also buy her food and send her donations for her restaurant.
The woman insists that her message is not political and that she would have written the same sign showing her disappointment, had former President Donald Trump still been in office.
The restaurant finally reopened its doors to the public on Friday, September 3.
Ugarte makes no secret of her special affinity and admiration for the U.S. military. Inside the restaurant, she even has a wall dedicated to “local heroes” with photographs and other memorabilia of U.S. Army personnel.
According to Business Insider, the restaurant already had a portfolio of regular customers who are war veterans, mainly for its half-pound burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and rack of lamb.