The Red Hen restaurant made a big mistake when they refused to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders. First they had to deal with people who showed up to protest. Now tourism to the town is suffering. Big time.
The Associated Press reports:
Tourism still suffering in town where diner denied Sarah Huckabee Sanders
A small town in Virginia is trying to recover its image after The Red Hen restaurant famously refused to serve President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The Roanoke Times reported Sunday that a regional tourism board is pulling together emergency funds to boost its digital marketing campaign.
Normally that money is saved. But officials agreed the region is in desperate need of positive coverage.
The tourism board serves Lexington, where The Red Hen is located, and other communities that are about three hours from Washington.
The Roanoke Times has more:
Lexington-area tourism group beefs up marketing in wake of Red Hen controversy
Rockbridge Regional Tourism approved a recovery plan to boost its marketing after The Red Hen restaurant controversy brought a slew of negative national media coverage this summer.
The regional tourism board, with members from Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, met with the Lexington City Council on Thursday for an update on tourism initiatives and numbers.
The board had initially approved the recovery plan soon after news of The Red Hen controversy was spreading across the country. At the end of June, the restaurant’s owner declined to serve presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she visited the restaurant.
People vote with their wallets. The Red Hen should have thought about that.