Oak Ridge restaurant expresses anger about shutdown

Oak Ridge restaurant puts up sign to express anger about shutdown

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A sign outside Dean's Restaurant and Bakery in Oak Ridge reads "Members of Congress are NOT welcome." A sign outside Dean's Restaurant and Bakery in Oak Ridge reads "Members of Congress are NOT welcome."
Lynn Randolph runs the restaurant with her husband, She says they would ask a member of Congress to leave. Lynn Randolph runs the restaurant with her husband, She says they would ask a member of Congress to leave.
Francesca Curd, a regular customer, told the owners she wasn't sure if she would be able to afford to come to the restaurant if she were furloughed. Francesca Curd, a regular customer, told the owners she wasn't sure if she would be able to afford to come to the restaurant if she were furloughed.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – Frustrated with the government shutdown, local restaurant owners put up a sign outside their restaurant that is getting a lot of attention.

A sign outside Dean's Restaurant and Bakery in Oak Ridge reads "Members of Congress are NOT welcome."

"The frustration that we've had and our guests have had over furloughs and the shutdown of the government prompted my husband Dean to have a sign made and post it. Out of frustration, basically," explained Lynn Randolph, who runs the restaurant along with her husband.

They are dead serious about their message.

"No, we would ask them to leave," Randolph added.

A protest against the shutdown was held in Oak Ridge earlier this week.

At Y-12 National Security Complex alone, 3,600 workers were at risk of being furloughed before Congress ended the shutdown.

Francesca Curd, a regular customer, told the owners she wasn't sure if she would be able to afford to come to the restaurant.

"We would have ceased working until the government went back to work. That means I'm a single parent, I'm the sole breadwinner in my household. You know, I'm just left in limbo," Curd said.

"Had they laid off all the employees they were talking about, it would have impacted our business and our employees. We would have probably had to lay employees off. There was talk it would shut down the town. A lot of anxiety," Randolph explained.

Even though the shutdown has ended for now, there are still lingering questions about the future.

"In January, we may be in the same predicament," Curd said, about her concerns.

So the owners of Dean's Restaurant and Bakery don't plan on taking down their sign any time soon.

"We are going to keep it up because we feel Congress is playing with the average working American by playing Russian Roulette with our lives," Randolph said.

So far they say they have only received positive feedback about the sign.

A lot of people have stopped and taken pictures of it. In fact, the Randolphs say if they had known it was going to be so popular, they would have probably made a bigger sign.

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