Restaurant Receives Major Backlash After Refusing to Serve WH Press Secretary Sanders

The farm-to-table restaurant Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia is dealing with a massive PR nightmare after the owner of the restaurant asked White House Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave her establishment.

The waiter who was given Sanders' table before she was forced to leave, shared the experience on Facebook. 

After the restaurant refused to serve her on Friday, Sanders took to Twitter and confirmed the incident Saturday morning. 

"Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," tweeted Sanders. 

President Donald Trump also blasted the restaurant on the social platform for refusing to serve Sanders.

"The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders," tweeted Donald Trump, who, relatedly, is the President of the United States. "I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!" tweeted Trump.

Besides getting called out on Twitter, the restaurant is being bombarded with thousands of negative Yelp reviews. 

Now the restaurant has over 15,000 reviews with an average 1.5-star rating.

Yelp's guidelines point out that "reviews aren't the place for rants about a business's employment practices, political ideologies..."

Yelp's message on the Red Hen's profile. 

Yelp's message on the Red Hen's profile. 

With that in mind, the restaurant's Yelp page is now being monitored by the Yelp Support team. 

"When businesses make the news, their Yelp business page can be affected. Media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines, one of which deals with relevance. Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience, not what someone read in the news. Our user support team ultimately removes reviews that violate these guidelines. More info on how Yelp handles these types of circumstances on this page of our Support site," said a Yelp spokesperson.

Read more about the Red Hen's PR nightmare at "Mashable."