A Preslee’s restaurant in Houston Heights has attracted controversy after displaying remarks mocking Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.
The first sign read: “No mask required unless you look like Nancy Pelosi.” This was a shot at Pelosi’s appearance, as seen by Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle on December 30.
The second sign, which featured the first Pelosi jab, read: “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Some have criticized the restaurant’s signs, with some blaming its anti-mask policy for eliminating a safe open-air dining alternative.
Customers began demanding that they boycott the restaurant on Twitter.
Piper Hospitality Group, a Houston-based company launched in 2019 by Brandon and Justin Piper, owns Preslee’s. The other two facilities are Piper’s Cantina on Magnum Road and Piper’s BBQ & Beer on N. Shepherd Drive.
“Real Southern experience for the whole family,” as Preslee puts it.
In the wake of these reports, thousands of Texans have been hospitalized with COVID-19, far exceeding the number of patients just two weeks ago. According to state officials in Texas, over 7,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 last week; this was up from around 5,500 people previously.