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Art of the veal: Schnitzel Haus under fire for signed Trump photo

Wurst-case scenario: Schnitzel Haus owner Fred Urban shows the controversial photo and the letter he and his wife posted to replace it on the wall of their Bay Ridge restaurant.
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“Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

The owners of Schnitzel Haus took down a signed photo of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that graced the Bay Ridge German joint for nearly a decade, because online reviewers called the eatery racist for appearing to support the divisive White House hopeful who has proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. and has been accused of using white-nationalist imagery in campaign materials.

Sausage slingers said the link was half-baked, but they begrudgingly removed the picture anyway — because the move made capitalistic sense.

“When you’re hurting my income and taking food off my family’s table, we’re forced to make changes,” said Amber Urban, who owns the restaurant with husband Fred. “Honestly, I was very upset. I don’t know how posting a picture on the wall is promoting hatred.”

It hanged there since the restaurant opened in 2007, said the owners. The Urbans are friends with the head of Trump’s security, and The Donald — whose paternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Germany — swung by the restaurant in its infancy to wish them luck with their business.

The real-estate mogul offered to send the pair a signed photo of himself, and the Urbans accepted, even though they figured they’d never receive it. The next day, a delivery man showed up at the door with a signed headshot that read: “To Fred + Amber, best of luck with Schnitzel Haus! Best wishes — Donald Trump.”

The Urbans were thrilled to display das foto, because of Trump’s Teutonic roots.

“I was honored to hang the photo,” said Fred. “He’s a prominent businessman and a big supporter of German-American heritage.”

But social media users said the photo was less than appetizing.

“Came here with friends and the food was excellent, true German cuisine,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. “But I felt uncomfortable. On the wall there is a picture of Donald Trump.”

Another customer likened the photo to displaying a portrait of Adolf Hitler, Fred said.

So the stein-house owners dumped Trump’s mug and replaced it with a letter to patrons explaining the picture’s origin.

But neither Urban plans on casting lots with The Donald in November’s election — in fact they may not vote at all, because they are more interested in stuffing sausage casings than ballot boxes, Fred said.

“We don’t speak politics, we speak beer and wurst,” he said.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at mspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow him on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The photo is from 10 years ago. SJWs need to get over themselves.
Aug. 3, 2016, 12:34 am
Carl Rossi says:
Ha ha ha haha "Art of the veal" was very clever!

I like the food at the Schnitzel Haus and find this story to be mostly silly but I'll admit it's nice to hear a Trump photo would cause an uproar in Bay Ridge. It means the locals are finally waking up. It ain't Marty Golden's Bay Ridge anymore
Aug. 3, 2016, 1:03 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Poor delicate little flowers! Can't handle diversity of opinion! Now where is my pokeman go?????
Aug. 3, 2016, 8:29 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I know just how they feel, having an autographed copy of Mein Kampf myself.
Aug. 3, 2016, 10:21 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
"It hanged there" -- how about "it has hung there?" Damn.
Aug. 3, 2016, 2 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Also no respect for these people for being intimidated.
Aug. 3, 2016, 2:03 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Put that picture up in the basement to scare away rats.
Aug. 3, 2016, 2:59 pm
Mustafa Kahnt from Atlantic ave says:
Put up a picture of Hillary! Before she sells out the country. Monica lewinskis boy friends wife. Bring cash!
Aug. 3, 2016, 10:36 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
after all Clinton Leading Trump By 9 points in new poll.....
Go with the winners........
Aug. 4, 2016, 11:12 am
Paul from Boerum Hill says:
Has the owner of this restaurant been asleep for the past year?
Aug. 4, 2016, 11:27 am
Gary from Fort Greene says:
The owner must not limit his reading to the New York Times; he remains within hailing distance of reality.
Aug. 4, 2016, 3:14 pm
Philip from Brooklyn says:
Strangely, there is no documented evidence Trump is an ethnicist (there is only one human race) and in fact no documentation of his mentioning anything about ethnic issues other than we need to stop criminals-every illegal entrant- and we need to stop Muslim immigration until we have some way to verify who they are.
Aug. 5, 2016, 9:47 am
Alex from Chicago says:
If you don't like the view go to McDonald's , that what I would tell them customers. Brainwashed and cool aid drinking morons can go and stare at the great leaders portrait that they have hanging on their wall at home.
Aug. 5, 2016, 10:09 am
John from Harlem says:
I'm no Trump supporter but geez, these poor people, getting bullied into taking the photo down. And this was an old photo, from when he was a Democrat. Some people have no sense of context.
Aug. 5, 2016, 11:30 am
Keith from Texas says:
People need to get a life. Hillary will kill this country just like Obama is doing and over 1 picture. This is what's wrong with people today. Just a bunch of little cry babies. We know who is really racist but don't see it.
Aug. 5, 2016, 12:04 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Carl Rossi, I too am glad that "the locals are finally waking up" and "It ain't Marty Golden's Bay Ridge anymore."
Aug. 5, 2016, 12:14 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
The original complaint on Yelp, dated 7/28/16, was from a man from the BRONX.
Aug. 5, 2016, 12:25 pm
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
They should replace it with a picture of Anthony's Weiner - the best and the brightest!
Aug. 5, 2016, 4:34 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Mustafa - if you hate America so much, why don't you just go back to the middle east? Don't just take our welfare money and bad mouth us at the same time!
Aug. 5, 2016, 7:20 pm
Mike from West says:
This story is a great example of why social media is bad for society. Why should someone get global influence for a passing thought from a severely jaded point of view. No one should know the thoughts of people in these situations. This the kind of thing that could bankrupt law abiding American citizens because they have a photo up of another law abiding American citizen. People have no right to that kind of knee jerk, overly sensitive influence. Shame on people who spread there vision to squash all others.
Aug. 5, 2016, 11:39 pm
Mike from West says:
Why can't someone like Donald Trump or just be his friend? You walk in and see his photo, eat or don't eat and leave, end of story. Don't 'post' that the photo makes you uncomfortable. Just leave and go about your life. My vision of you is of a small minded, uber Liberal, spineless, busy body that's trying to feel important and trumpet to the world any little thing that doesn't conform to your idea of a perfect little life in your super intolerant little box. Let it go. Move on from the tiny things and enjoy life.
Aug. 5, 2016, 11:48 pm
Alex from East Harlem says:
Get over it! I could think of many Hollywood stars, famous people, and political pictures that should be taken down all over the U.S.! Is this what America has become? You can't subscribe to a different Point-of-view?
Aug. 7, 2016, 8:47 pm
rudy from out of state says:
They probably should have ate the sausage!
Aug. 7, 2016, 9:43 pm
TONYA from NEW LONDON says:
This Is unacceptable. I would have left the photo up. Believe in what is Right- And Fight for what IS RIGHT Even if your the only one Standing -
Aug. 8, 2016, 5:29 am

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