Crazy times like this often lead to rising tempers, and rising tempers sometimes lead to career-limiting moves on social media. Case in point: Lanfranco Pescante, co-owner of Tampa’s Nocturnal Hospitality Group (which owns Franklin Manor, Osteria, Mole y Abuela, Mision Lago Estate, and Shibui), went a little too far on Instagram. It’s one thing to defend the flag and old man who got hurt carrying it at a protest, and it’s another thing to go completely unhinged about it on social media and call for people to get shot:
It didn’t work out well for him. Here’s what Carlos “Carlos Eats” Hernandez — one of my go-to guys for local news — posted soon after:
- WFLA: Franklin Manor co-owner steps down after ‘just shoot them all’ comment about protesters
- Creative Loafing: Co-owner of Tampa’s Nocturnal Group apologizes after violent and racist comments surface online [UPDATE: Lanfranco Pescante has stepped down]
- Tampa Bay Times: Co-owner of Franklin Manor, other Tampa restaurants steps down after his posts spark outrage
The Tampa Bay Times article is worth it, just for the new ironic twist that Pescante’s t-shirt in his file photo provides. It just begged for a caption:
Thanks to Roberto Torres for the find!