Why Minneapolis restaurants should be renamed after Donald Trump
Minneapolis restaurants that serve the city’s ethnic and culinary communities should be named after Trump, according to a petition by the Minnesota chapter of the National Restaurant Association.
The petition, which was first reported by Minneapolis television station KARE 11, comes as Trump is set to visit the Twin Cities on Wednesday.
The president’s visit to the Twin Lakes area, where many ethnic restaurants and bars serve as a hub for the immigrant community, has become an increasingly hot topic of conversation on the national stage as Trump’s administration seeks to roll back immigration rules that were put in place by President Barack Obama.
The Minneapolis chapter of NRA, which is part of the Restaurant Association of America, also is part-owned by the Trump Organization, according the petition.
“Donald Trump has said many times that he will not tolerate hate or bigotry.
The restaurant community has repeatedly said ‘no’ to hate, and now that he is the president of the United States, the restaurant community needs to stand up to him,” said Kristin Davis, a Minneapolis chapter member.
Davis said the NRA will meet with the Trump administration on Wednesday to “re-examine and re-evaluate” the policy changes that Trump has been pushing.
“We believe that this is an opportunity for us to re-expose what we know to be discriminatory and discriminatory policies,” Davis said.
The NRA says it’s looking at a number of options, including naming the new restaurants after Trump’s former chief of staff, Keith Schiller.
Schiller left the White House in February after being fired by Trump after Trump publicly criticized his boss’ wife, Melania Trump.
Trump has not said how he plans to deal with Schiller’s exit.
The organization’s petition calls for a restaurant to be named for Schiller and his wife.
Davis, the president’s national spokeswoman, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the NAA is not calling for the names of Minneapolis restaurants to be changed.
“It’s a call for people to be respectful of the legacy of Keith Schilling,” Davis told the AP.
“He was a very passionate person and he wanted to be able to help our country.
He wanted to bring our nation together and we were very grateful for his service.”
In June, Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution asking the city to rename a number the restaurant where Trump and his family once lived as “the Trump Hotel” after he became president.
Trump is also expected to visit St. Paul in early July.
He is scheduled to speak at a rally at the Minneapolis Marriott Marquis on Thursday, a venue that was originally used for Obama’s 2008 campaign rally.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The new name would be Trump National Doral Miami, which Trump bought for $400 million in 2007.
Davis says the restaurant will remain open.
“That’s the Trump brand, it’s a brand that is very much in the hearts of all the people in the Twin City, and it’s important for us, as members of the NDA, to be a part of that brand,” Davis added.
“The Trump brand is so strong in Minneapolis.
And so, the name is just part of it.”
Minneapolis restaurant owners and chefs are not alone in calling for a change in the Trump-branded name.
Trump’s own restaurant, Trump Grill and Bar in Chicago, announced in May that it would be renaming the restaurant after Trump.
A number of the restaurants named after Obama have been named after African Americans, who have been disproportionately impacted by police brutality and racial profiling.
One of those names, The Green Spot, is being rebranded as The Green House.