Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke is the co-owner of Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse, a decade-old Boonsboro, Maryland restaurant.
Dan’s Taphouse is (or was) one of Boonsboro’s cornerstone hangouts.
Throughout much of 2020, Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse was the subject of protests and backlash.
Ms. Aufdem-Brinke joined A Miner Detail Detail Podcast for the second time on June 22, 2020.
Click the link below to 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.
Aufdem-Brinke said Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse morphed into a political platform.
Her goal then was to effectuate change inside her culturally conservative community.
With the help of the Taphouse restaurant staff at the time, Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke promoted inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.
Dan’s Taphouse, she said, would set the example and lead the way.
Despite Ms. Aufdem-Brinke’s attempts to promote a public display of tolerance and acceptance, she said Dan’s Taphouse became a political target.
Aufdem-Brinke Supports Black Lives Matter
Aufdem-Brinke and Dan’s Taphouse support 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, caught the attention of local Trump supporters.
Aufdem-Brinke claimed several Trump supporters targeted Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse in 2020.
And some of the Trump supporters, Aufdem-Brinke said, called on others to boycott Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse.
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 the Taphouse during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse Ownership
Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke and her ex-husband, Daniel Aufdem-Brinke, co-own the restaurant.