The central Florida diner that announced it will not be serving anyone who still supports President Biden was temporarily forced to shutter on Wednesday after selling out of food.
Following the Kabul airport attack that killed 13 United States service members and almost 200 civilians late last month, DeBary Diner owner Angie Ugarte posted a sign in the DeBary, Florida, restaurant’s window informing those who “voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan” to take their “business elsewhere.”
After various news outlets wrote about the sign this week, Ugarte was met with an overwhelming crush of diners to the point that the business ran out of food and was forced to close.
“I’ve gotten so many people calling me from all over the world, from Europe, trying to purchase meals for veterans, which I still haven’t been able to organize,” Ugarte told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “I think that the veterans will be fed for the rest of the year at the rate I’m getting donations.”
Supporters of Ugarte and her message came from across Florida to pose with the sign, including one woman who brought a Trump 2020 banner and refused to give her name to the News-Journal. “Hallelujah!” one woman shouted upon hearing that the business was closed due to overwhelming popularity.
“We wanted to come over here and thank you personally,” Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council member Rod Phillips said, taking Ugarte’s hand as the pair stood in front of the diner, which is located in strip-mall. He then explained that “I respect the presidency of the United States, but this could have been handled much better, much better.”
Phillips added, “Being a Vietnam veteran and combat-wounded, I don’t wish war on anybody. But there is a proper time and place to get out of there.”