For one restaurant and bar in Washington, business has become unfair ever since Donald Trump was elected president. This is exactly why Cork Wine Bar has decided to file a lawsuit against the president and a company in his name, Trump Old Post Office, LLC, the company that operates both BLT Prime and the Benjamin Bar and Lounge within the premises of Trump International Hotel.
The day after the election, competition became unfair.
According to a copy of the filed complaint, the crowd started to favor Trump International Hotel and its dining establishments the day after the election, which Trump had won. More and more customers were coming to the hotel to use its various facilities to the detriment of Cork. The establishment is situated just 1 1/2 miles away from Trump’s hotel.
The lawsuit also alleges that such a significant increase in business for Trump’s company was due to increased marketing efforts. “It would be to their advantage in dealings with President Donald J. Trump and other agencies of the United States Government if they patronized the Hotel,” the lawsuit states.
Trump staff are endorsing the hotel, most notably Sean Spicer
At the same time, the lawsuit also claims that Donald Trump, his family and his various White staff and advisors have been promoting the Trump International Hotel in order to maximize its “exposure and income-producing potential.” Among those stated is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer who once endorsed the hotel while in the middle of a televised press conference, saying “It’s an absolutely stunning hotel. I encourage you to go there if you haven’t been by.”
People feel pressured to stay in Trump’s hotel instead.
At the same time, the lawsuit also notes that certain dignitaries have admitted to feeling the pressure of deciding to stay in Trump International Hotel. One Asian diplomat told Washington Post, “Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?'” Meanwhile, a DC-based lobbyist said that while he wasn’t verbally pressured to patronize Trump’s hotel, he knew that “reading between the lines isn’t tough here.”
Cork Wine bar is an establishment owned by husband and wife Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts. Their full-service restaurant and bar serves at least 50 wines by the glass. They also proudly present 250 bottles of wine from small producers all over the world. The place is one of the top 100 restaurants in the city. Bon Appetit Magazine has also named it one of the top 10 wine bars in the U.S.
With regard to their lawsuit, the couple is not seeking any financial compensation. Instead, the restaurant wishes for the Trump’s company to cease or suspend operations throughout Trump’s term in office, have Trump fully divest from his company or ask President Trump to resign from office.
Following the lawsuit, Reuters reports that Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten has dismissed the claim. He said the lawsuit is nothing but “a publicity stunt completely lacking in legal merit.”