I only wish that this message was about a wonderful upcoming event or a spectacular new dish; however, over the past couple months, my wife and I have been approached by numerous people about a rumor that, quite frankly, we thought was too absurd to address.
Last week one of our longtime patrons posed it to me on our Facebook page, and I felt compelled to respond. He said that a friend of his, a regular customer of ours, entered our restaurant wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, and I asked him/her and several of their guests to leave.
Of course, anyone can choose to believe anything they wish, but the truth is, it never happened.
The good thing is that anybody who knows me and my wife knows how crazy this sounds. People walk into our restaurant every day, wearing red MAGA hats, Confederate flags and even, on a recent occasion, a blazing Nazi insignia. Red MAGA hats have been around for years now. Does anyone believe that the person who fabricated this rumor has been the only one to wear one into Prime Smokehouse? Where are their complaints? Please complainers, post away!
Here’s the standing challenge I asked our longtime customer to pose to his friends whom I allegedly booted out: Tell them that the owner has $10,000 cash for them when they come to confront me about the day (roughly) that they even had a conversation with me about their hats, let alone kicked them out. I have cameras in every corner of my restaurant, so this should be an easy payday for somebody. If, as I told our customer, they refuse to come in to pick up that cash, he should look them square in their faces and tell them what big liars they are. And, hopefully, they will find it in their hearts to apologize to YOU for getting you all fumed up about nothing.
You and I can only speculate why anyone would spend so much time conjuring up such a silly, baseless — almost comical — fairy tale.
Of course, some people will choose to continue believing this lie, and they’ll share the dickens out of it. I can do nothing about that. But to those who relish the truth, now that you have the facts, tell the haters to do more to help heal our fractured city and to stop their misdeeds.
We work harder than most people could begin to understand, and the fuel that drives us is prayer and the knowledge that what God has for us, no man can sabotage. We also believe that we have created spaces — with both The Prime Smokehouse and NABS Deli & Coffee Shop — where everybody can come together, knowing that they are welcome and appreciated.
We know that this too shall come to pass, and we thank you for your continued prayers and support.
The Political Agitator’s response:
The Prime Smokehouse is just that Prime Time! I have read time and time again about how folk have enjoyed the place as they travel from all over to come to dine in.
It is sad that The Prime Smokehouse has to endure this kind of negativity simply because some folk don’t want to see good things happen on the Edgecombe County side of the city.
It hurts when one has to respond to mess when all one tries to do is to provide a great atmosphere for customers from all walks of life to be able to enjoy a meal.
I feel your pain however the pain will turn into gain.
See you soon!
Please visit The Prime Smokehouse soon especially all of you who have not been before. Those of you who have been know what an awesome place to eat but those of you who have never been, oh you are shortchanging yourself.
Trust me, try me and report back!