An unknown person apparently carved a Nazi symbol and the name TRUMP into a wall at Eagle Rock Public House in Los Angeles several days ago. The incident occurred last week, with a photo of the crude carving from owner Ting Su making its way around social media.
The swastika and TRUMP lettering appeared in the bathroom of the two-year-old brewpub, and with no cameras to capture the act ownership is unsure who might have done it, or why. Despite the divisive politics of the past year, tagging the sheetrock of a small craft beer bar and restaurant in Los Angeles seems a curious move, though that hasn’t stopped the Eagle Rock Public House team from responding forcefully and directly.
Ting Su send along the following statement to Eater:
Although the defacing of restaurant property isn’t anything new, the current political climate makes us all hypersensitive to the meaning behind the messages that people leave on walls. It’s ridiculous that people feel the need to deface someone else’s property at all, but to try to promote fear and violence by carving a swastika takes it to a much more malicious level than the common tagger. It’s disappointing that people not only disregard that someone actually has to spend money and time to cover it up but that the bigger issue of promoting hatred based on political inclinations is incredibly unfortunate and ignorant.
It’s challenging enough just keeping small businesses going, that having to deal with these types of issues just adds more hurdles. Yet without the persistence and passion that small business owners have for what they do, I feel like the world would be a much sadder place…. (even for the idiots that intentionally contribute to the demise of small independent businesses.)
There has been much uncertainty in restaurant circles since the rise of now-President Trump, from U.S. food policy corners to immigrant rights issues alike. Noted food personalities like Anthony Bourdain have weighed in on the “violence” that plagues America, even as sanctuary cities like Los Angeles continue to insist that they will fight back against a recent executive order against federal funding for parts of the country that refuse to aid in deportation efforts.