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Should Restaurants Host Political Functions?

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Joe Johnston, Owner, Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Fresh Farm Grill, Liberty Market, Agritopia

It's certainly their choice to sell food to whatever individuals or groups may wish to partake since they are in the food making and serving business. The risk is being associated with a particular group or political stance, which may not be in a restaurant's best interest. We recently allowed a function on property and are not planning on doing it again due to this issue.

Chef Stephen Jones, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

If a restaurant wants to host a political event, it's their business or prerogative to do so. From an event perspective, a restaurant is a business with bills and sales goals that need to be met.

Kirsten Burruel, General Manager DownUnder Wines and Bistro

I have no desire to mix pleasure and politics. By hosting a political event, you have labeled your establishment with a particular perspective, even if it is not yours. Dining and social experiences are for relaxation and fun. We all need somewhere to go to escape and enjoy fine food and company without influence.

Josh Hebert Owner and Chef, Posh

It's up to the individual, but with the polarization of the current political climate, I don't know that it would be high on my list. Everything in the end has a price.

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