Share This Article with a Friend!


Where Not To Eat In Cleveland

Michael Symon, Cleveland's erstwhile “Iron Chef,” has said presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is not welcome in any of his restaurants during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  

Two of Symon's restaurants -- Lola and Mabel's BBQ -- are on East Fourth Street, which is close to Quicken Loans Arena where the GOP convention is taking place July 18-21.  

Michael SymonBut now here’s the interesting twist: Symon says both locations have already been rented out for the convention and that he will likely host convention-related private parties in his restaurants.  

Symon claims that not welcoming Trump to his restaurant wasn't a political thing -- he said he's just creeped out by the presumptive nominee.  

"There's not a chance I'd let him into one of my restaurants," Symon said after being asked how he'd handle Trump showing up at the recently opened Mabel's BBQ. 

Symon stopped short of denouncing Trump's politics, instead focusing on his personal experiences with the presumptive GOP nominee. "I've been fortunate or unfortunate enough to meet him through the years and I'm not going to lie, he creeps me out a little bit," chef Symon said. 

"Anybody that knows me knows I'm not afraid to speak my mind, so there's that. But this isn't a Democratic/Republican thing, trust me…" Symon told radio 92.3’s Matt Dery. 

Symon, who owns multiple restaurants in Cleveland, rose to fame after winning "The Next Iron Chef," earning him a permanent spot on the show. He's also a host of ABC's "The Chew" and appears frequently on Food Network programs. 

Interestingly, Symon only called in to radio 92.3’s Matt Dery, after Dery said on air he had an issue with the seating at Symon’s new restaurant. 

During the Republican primaries a couple of other restaurateurs declared preemptive bans on Trump, including a Minneapolis coffee shop and a Louisville, Kentucky steakhouse, though the latter lifted the alleged ban after reportedly receiving death threats. 

Was Symon’s swipe at Donald Trump a personal hit on Trump for some past grievance, or a PR stunt to deflect cricism from the rocky start his restaurant was having, or was it really a political attack inspired by his liberal pals at ABC, home of such deeply biased liberals as former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz? 

None of that is clear, and Symon already has the money so-to-speak; having pre-booked parties for the Republican National Convention, he can bite the hand that feeds him with impunity. However, as thousands of Republicans flock to Cleveland one has to ask why Republicans would wish to support their political enemy and patronize one of Michael Symon’s restaurants?

Share this

TIME TO STOP THE DIVISON

I use to have respect for Mike. I like his personality and style on many of the cooking shows.I no longer will watch any show he is on!
I know he married a girl from Dalton Georgia where I lived for about 5 years.
Not allowing Trump into his restaurants during the convention is crazy! Trump will be the next President of the UNited States and to divide the people and tell them they are not allowed into his restaurants that is no way to bring people of America together. By doing this he is saying hillary who has now been proven a lier and a crook he would vote for. Voting for her will futher destroy America, stealing more of our rights and more Government control.
Mike need's to open his doors to anyone that wishes to eat there. This to me is the same as the couple that would not make the Wedding Cake for the gay couple. They were fined and lost their business because of what they did. Lets see if the city will fine and close his restaurants!
SHAME ON YOU mike.

Extol Liberty

Someone needs to explain to you that the ideas expressed in your comment are not American conservative views; not even close.

Liberty, freedom of association, and a free enterprise market allows Michael Symonds to decline to conduct commercial transactions. He is not obligated to serve anyone, according to conservative principles. And, it gets further away from conservative principles, when you get the state involved in making someone conduct a commercial transaction, or punishing them for not conducting a commercial transaction upon the dictate of another person.

Before you spew anymore ideas from Progressive Marxist hell, read “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich August von Hayek. The link is to a PDF document containing the condensed Reader’s Digest version. That means it is easy to read and streamlined for a general audience. Skip the introductory stuff and go to work on the first chapter. You can read the introductions to the various editions with better comprehension after getting the basics von Hayek purveys. The document also contains a cartoon version (starting on page 71) that may help those disinclined to reading chapters, or need extra help with comprehension.

Hopefully, it will cure you from proclaiming that the state must get involved in telling people what to do, commercially.

I think that a boycott of

I think that a boycott of Michael Symon's restaurants is in order!

MIKE SYMON

IF MIKE SYMON HAS A RESTAURANT THAT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
HE SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE.
HE CAN EXPRESS HIS POLITICAL VIEWS BUT ALLOW THE PUBLIC
INTO HIS RESTAURANT, THAT INCLUDES DONALD TRUMP IF HE WISHES
TO GO THERE.

Symon's Not the place to eat or meet

This guy has so many major problems, and bad reviews of his restaurant, I don't know why anyone in Cleveland or visiting would want to eat there.
So he doesn't like Trump. I'm sure Mr Trump could care less.
However, someone should point out that if a person is refused service, they can sue just as the Fags did to the bakery. Mr Trump is way above that level. So this guy will just have an empty place next week