Utah Restaurant Bans Mississippi Raised Food Items


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Salt Lake City restaurant is banning food associated with Mississippi to protest the state’s new law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay customers.

KUTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1qGySry ) that Cucina has vowed to no longer serve sweet potatoes, Mississippi’s state food; American alligator, Mississippi’s state reptile; white tail deer, the state mammal; or large-mouth bass, the state fish.

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Deli owner Dean Pierose III acknowledges that most of the exotic foods were not on the menu to begin with. He says their exclusion is part of a tongue-in-cheek protest of a serious issue.

Cucina’s sweet potato fires, however, are no more.

The restaurant is also banning magnolias and will escort anyone caught performing Mississippi’s state dance, clogging, off the property.

In a statement, Cucina said discriminating against LGBT people is “absolutely wrong.”