Trendy Chicago Restaurant Is Praised And Put Down After Trump’s Son Is Spat Upon – CBS Chicago

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 CHICAGO (CBS) —  She’s accused of spitting on the President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump.

A waitress at a trendy Fulton Market cocktail lounge is now suspended.

CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley has the story from the Fulton Market District with a look at what happened.

On social media, The Aviary, is now being praised by Trump opponents for being part of the resistance. At the same time, it’s being vilified by Trump supporters for undue disrespect toward the first family, all the while the owners of the  restaurant said it’s not a debate that they want to be part of.

Eric Trump went to The Aviary for a business meeting, but got a lot more than the exotic drinks and high-end food he was expecting.

According to a spokesperson for the Trump Organization, the president’s private business where Eric is Executive Vice President, a waitress at The Aviary spit in Eric Trump’s face.

Eric cast the act in political terms, telling Breitbart News:

“It was a purely disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems. For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility.”

Eric Trump said Chicago police wanted to press charges, but he declined.

The Aviary is co-owned by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, also owners of Alinea, known around the world for their highly inventive food and drinks. But the owners said they weren’t entirely sure what happened.

“What is certain is this: no customer should ever be spit upon. We have not spoken with the employee but our human resources team has. In the meantime, placed her on leave.”

And the owners criticized those both heaping praise or scorn upon their restaurant.

“Hundreds of people are calling for the demise of our business, threatening our employees and posting fake reviews…they are wrong to do so based on the actions of a lone individual. So too, however, are those people wrong who are praising this as an act of civil disobedience. A degrading act lowers the tenor of debate.”

For his part, Nick Kokonas has stepped slightly into political waters before. After President Trump served Clemson’s national football champs fast food at the White House, Kokonas invited them to Chicago for what an actual celebration dinner should be.

Eric Trump said the waitress was detained in handcuffs for two hours by the Secret Service and by Chicago police before he declined to press charges.

 

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