Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke hits back at Dan’s Tap House critics

Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke

Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke is the co-owner of Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House, a longtime Boonsboro, Md. restaurant.

Dan’s Tap House is one of Boonsboro’s cornerstone hangouts.

Ms. Aufdem-Brinke joined A Miner Detail Detail Podcast for the second time on June 22, 2020.

Listen to Episode 270.

Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke on Black Lives Matter 

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Ms. Aufdem-Brinke, a mother of four and an Eastern Shore native, took action and promoted social justice.

A co-owner of Dan’s Restaurant of Tap House, Aufdem-Brinke said her restaurant morphed into a political platform.

Her goal at the time was to effectuate change inside her culturally conservative community.

With the help of the Tap House restaurant staff, Aufdem-Brinke promoted inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.

Dan’s Tap House, she said, would set the example and lead the way.

Despite Ms. Aufdem-Brinke’s attempts, she and some of the Tap House staff became political targets.

Aufdem-Brinke Supports Black Lives Matter 

Aufdem-Brinke and her Tap House supports Black Lives Matter, the decentralized political and social movement protesting against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against black people.

In the days after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, protests erupted around the country, and Black Lives Matter imposed itself into the national spotlight, drawing tens of thousands of Americans into the streets of America’s big and small cities alike.

Supporting Black Lives Matter in Boonsboro, a culturally conservative small-town bastion, caught the attention of local Trump supporters.

Aufdem-Brinke said several Trump supporters targeted her restaurant.

And some of the Trump supporters, she said, called on other residents to boycott the Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House.

Aufdem-Brinke and her ex-husband, Daniel Aufdem-Brinke, co-own the restaurant.

Some Trump supporters even waged small protests on the sidewalks in front of the Tap House and disrupted restaurant patrons when driving by the Main Street restaurant, sometimes in large trucks.

Later in the podcast, Aufdem-Brinke discussed COVID-19’s impact on her restaurant.

She said the Maryland comptroller’s office stepped in to assist her restaurant during the peak of COVID.

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