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El Tiempo Cantina Shuts Down Social Media Accounts After Sessions Visit Sparks Backlash

The restaurant’s owner says he doesn’t deserve the response

A Facebook search for El Tiempo Cantina yields no matching results. The chain appears to have deleted its online presence following backlash over a visit from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
 
El Tiempo cannot be found on Instagram or Twitter, either. 
 
The restaurant posted a photo of Sessions and co-owner Roland Laurenzo, calling the visit an “honor.” Commenters condemned the post almost immediately, with some calling for a boycott of the chain
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pictured with El Tiempo Cantina co-owner Roland Laurenzo in this screenshot of a now-deleted Facebook post.
 
 
“The posting of a photograph of the Attorney General at one of our restaurants does not represent us supporting his positions,” Laurenzo reportedly wrote in a now-deleted follow-up post. He claimed Secret Service agents approached the restaurant about serving an unnamed government official, leaving staff unaware Sessions would be dining there “until he walked through the door.”
 
After deleting the chain’s social media accounts, Laurenzo told ABC13, “People are insulting us in such a dramatic fashion, and we feel like we don’t deserve it.”

 

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Davis Land

Davis Land

General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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