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Community offers replacement after pride flag destroyed outside Salt Lake City restaurant

Posted at 1:32 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 15:38:37-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Community members are rallying in support of a restaurant owned by a Utah State Senator after the restaurant says their pride flag was torn down overnight.

Derek Kitchen. D-Salt Lake City, and his partner Moudi Sbeity own Laziz Kitchen in Salt Lake City, which is located on 912 Jefferson St W.

Tuesday, the restaurant posted a picture to Facebook, saying the pride flag, which was hanging above the door of the business, was partially torn down.

“It’s so sad to walk into a place we love under such a jarring banner of hatred and microaggresion, but it won’t stop us,” the post stated. “This is a place of love, acceptance, tolerance, and community.”

Kitchen was elected to the Salt Lake City Council in 2015. He was elected to serve as a member of the Utah State Senate in 2018, representing District 2.

Sbeity took to Twitter Tuesday to speak about the incident: