A popular Houston restaurant —
Preslee's Southern Good Eatery — has been facing backlash from spitting-angry leftists outraged over messages on the establishment's outdoor marquee insulting Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and repeating the ever-viral phrase "Let's Go Brandon!" targeting President Joe Biden.
But Fox Business reported that Preslee's isn't backing down from the mob.
"We are heading into crawfish season and then peak patio weather and won’t be slowed down from the cancel culture renegades," Preslee's co-owner told Fox Digital on Wednesday. "It's about pro freedom and our right to run our small business."
What's the beef?
Fox News — citing the the owner, who requested anonymity — said the Preslee's marquee has been used for a long time to quote memes and jokes.
But a couple of recent messages really got under leftists' skins.
One said, "No mask needed unless u look like Nancy Pelosi." Another similar sign stated, "No mask needed unless you're Nancy Pelosi" — along with a tag that said, "Let's Go Brandon."
Alison Cook — the Twitter user who posted the first image — is a Houston Chronicle restaurant critic, and she attacked Preslee's with her accompanying text: "Why yes, I’d like a side of misogyny and Covid protocol defiance with my chicken-fried steak."
In a follow-up tweet Cook added, "Also, could we fold in some ageism with that? Perfect!"
What happened next?
Fox News, citing the restaurant's owner, said Preslee's was attacked on social media and with voicemails from callers saying they "hope their business loses all their employees" and goes bankrupt.
"The backlash we received at first was a little overwhelming while dealing with a busy restaurant," the owner added to the cable network. "Lots of voicemails and private messages."
But the owner told Fox News that most of the negativity has been coming from those who've never dined at Preslee’s "but feel the need to jump on the bandwagon." What's more, the owner told the cable network that Preslee's Instagram page was banned Wednesday without explanation. Fox Digital said it reached out to Instagram on the matter; the page appeared active Thursday afternoon.
On the positive side, the owner told the cable network that Preslee's has received "overwhelming support" in the local community and also from "other cities" over the past few days.
"We have never been busier!" he said in a comment addressing those who "slandered" the establishment, Fox News said.
In addition, commenters on a Preslee's Facebook post that went up Thursday — which has nothing to do with the signs story — are showering the restaurant with praise for its stance and are asking how gift certificates can be purchased.
Preslee’s opened in 2019 and survived COVID-19, despite shutdowns, without laying "a single employee off," the cable network said, citing the owner.
"I think it's pretty safe to say our current government has failed us and other small business owners. More than 150,000 small businesses have shut down from mandates, but this is not about politics. It's about basic rights that some have seem to have forgotten. If we can make it through a pandemic and actually thrive we can surely handle this," he said, according to Fox News.
"We’ll have more material posted soon, so stay tuned," he added to the cable network.