Eating your meal out of a cup doesn’t seem like the height of American fast-food dining, but one popular restaurant in Tuscon, Arizona appeared to pull it off well, netting 4.9 out of 5 stars rating on Yelp. That is, until they were forced to close after getting hit with a barrage of threats, including death threats.
Cup It Up American Grill allowed customers to build their own meals (Chipotle Mexican Grill-style) and have them served in cups, making them a handy on-the-go eating option that was also popular with students at the nearby University of Arizona. A number of university teams even used them as a cater. Patrons praised its fresh food and fast and friendly service, according to Yelp.
But then the owners of the restaurant, earlier this month, made a decision that unintentionally put their business and the safety of their employees in jeopardy from liberal naysayers, according to ABC 15. They put up a pro-President Trump message on their Facebook page that included a list of fairly mainstream conservative political beliefs and values.
The post included support for the military, law enforcement officers, and drug screening requirements for welfare recipients. It denounced Antifa, hate groups, and kneeling during the National Anthem, among other things. But it sent a liberal wrath raining down upon the restaurant owners’ heads.
"People threatened to burn down the restaurant with the owners in it,” said Ron Sanchez, the grandfather of one of the Cup It Up workers. “It's a crazy world we're in."
The response was so intense and threatening that the owners decided to close their doors, especially after employees were starting to quit.
They posted a sign on their door stating that they were closed indefinitely because the “safety of our employees, and our families is of great concern and is our #1 priority at this time.”
Before making the decision to close, owners Christopher Smith and Jay Warren apologized for their Facebook post in a joint statement, writing, “Our decision to bring our personal political beliefs into a business forum is regretful, and for this we apologize to all,” according to the Arizona Daily Star.
But in reference to the negative feedback they got, they said, “These types of comments have no place regardless of anyone’s political beliefs. We assumed there would be some discussion and shares, but never this type of animosity and hostility.”
The community responded to news of the restaurant’s closure.
Ericka Ayup, who was a big fan of the Cup It Up, said, "I respected their decision to speak up and be patriotic whether people agree or not. It wasn't smart for them to do what they did from a business aspect especially being down here in the University — which is more liberal and young."
Once the story of the restaurant closing went viral, commenters from other cities and states asked Cup It Up to open there instead.
What do you think of this? In other news, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library is getting negative feedback of its own after they had a “special guest” read to children.