Should Restaurants Host Political Functions?
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Political functions, corporate functions, private parties. What's the difference? Most restaurants need all the business they can get and are happy to host anyone that's willing to pay for the services. If the restaurant is willing to donate a portion of the meal or drinks, it's the same as discounting for Groupon or any other promotion that brings people into the restaurant with the hopes of bringing them back at full price.
It's certainly their choice to sell food to whatever individuals or groups may wish to partake since they are in the food making and serving business. The risk is being associated with a particular group or political stance, which may not be in a restaurant's best interest. We recently allowed a function on property and are not planning on doing it again due to this issue.
If a restaurant wants to host a political event, it's their business or prerogative to do so. From an event perspective, a restaurant is a business with bills and sales goals that need to be met.
I have no desire to mix pleasure and politics. By hosting a political event, you have labeled your establishment with a particular perspective, even if it is not yours. Dining and social experiences are for relaxation and fun. We all need somewhere to go to escape and enjoy fine food and company without influence.
It's up to the individual, but with the polarization of the current political climate, I don't know that it would be high on my list. Everything in the end has a price.