Restaurant sticks with their schedule

Reported by: Megan Wise
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Updated: 8/02/2013 6:38 pm
A popular Chattanooga Restaurant gets some negative attention after not hosting lunch for President Obama earlier this week.

Doug Bradshaw, Bea's Restaurant Owner said, "Basically got a phone call, said he was going to be here. Was thinking about eating at the restaurant. I said we are closed on Monday and Tuesday. They say thank you and hung up." Word about this got out on social media sites claiming that Bea's Restaurant refused to open. Bradshaw says that is simply not the case. He said, "Its really got blown way out of the waters. Its not a political thing. Its not a race thing. Its just that's the way it is. Just the internet and Facebook got blown away."

The restaurant has been in business for 63 years, and for more than 25 of those years its closed Monday's and Tuesday's. Comments pour in on Bea's Restaurant Facebook page with those who supported their decision. Bradshaw said he would have been glad to host the President. Bradshaw said, "Why sure. I'd love to have the President eat here." Bea's also had a request from President George W. Bush to eat there six years ago. Bradshaw said, "They wanted us to close down where he could come eat, and I told him I couldn't close. I'd have a place for him. I'd reserve a room or something for him, but I wouldn't close. I wouldn't turn away my customers that made my living."
 
Bradshaw has worked at Bea's all his life. He says he wants everybody to come in and eat.
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