El Tiempo restaurant in Houston removes photo of owner with AG Sessions

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Jeff Sessions with El Tiempo owner

HOUSTON (KXAN) — A popular Tex-Mex restaurant chain in Houston suspended all of its social media accounts over the weekend after getting backlash for posting a photo of owner Domenic Laurenzo with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session when he visited last week. 

The Houston Chronicle reports the owner of El Tiempo posted the photo with a caption saying it was an “honor” to serve Sessions, who was in town to discuss immigration enforcement. The social media backlash against El Tiempo was instant. 

Laurenzo tells KPRC the photo was taken and sent to the person who handles the restaurant’s social media accounts. Laurenzo says the person posted it without consulting management. 

“The last thing I ever wanted to do was to upset everybody,” says Laurenzo. “It didn’t dawn on me until after that everyone was associating me with approving of the politics of Mr. Sessions and by no means is that the case. It’s been a big misunderstanding.”

The restaurant ended up pulling the photo from its accounts on Friday night, and then on Saturday their social sites went dark. 

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