Cup It Up American Grill closed for good on Monday, three days after two of its owners posted a politically-charged statement on Facebook that prompted angry social media backlash and calls to boycott the University of Arizona area restaurant.
Julian Alarcon, a former partner who was not involved in Friday's Facebook post, said the restaurant at 760 N. Tyndall Ave. was the target of endless harassing and threatening phone calls throughout the weekend following Friday's Facebook post. Two employees quit Saturday because of the calls and several more quit throughout the weekend, he said.
"It’s not worth it," said Alarcon, the operating partner and chef who resigned Saturday morning in response to the Facebook post from his partners Christopher Smith and Jay Warren.
The pair's post laid out their political beliefs that included support for President Trump, standing for the National Anthem and repealing Obamacare and opposition to fake news, kneeling during the National Anthem and global warming. and opposition to political correctness . That post, which went up at noon Friday, also announced that they would not broadcast NFL games at the restaurant in light of players' kneeling during the National Anthem. Within moments of going up just before noon on Friday, the post was met with a barrage of comments, most of them negative and including calls to boycott the restaurant.
The post was taken down three hours later and by Saturday the restaurant had removed itself from social media.
Neither Smith nor Warren returned calls for comment.