Dallas restaurant owner apologizes after Trump Jr., Cruz pose with Obama cookie cake

The owner of a Dallas restaurant says he feels betrayed and hurt over a controversial photo posted by the president's son.

Donald Trump Jr. shared a photo of him and Senator Ted Cruz posing with a cookie cake decorated with former President Barack Obama's face. The two were at Le Bilboquet in Uptown for a private birthday party.

Trump Jr. posted the photo on Instagram with the caption, “With friends like these... some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake. And what birthday is complete without an Obama cake? I figured it was so good that I would have to share it with Ted.”

The restaurant received backlash online after the picture was posted, but owner Stephan Courseau defended his business. In a lengthy Instagram post, he explained they did not bake or provide the controversial cake for the party, but rather a guest brought it in.

“We at Le Bilboquet feel betrayed and sad,” he wrote. “Restaurant business is about creating a hospitable environment for all, a non-partisan, non-politicized, nondiscriminatory and respectful environment. The fact that guests decided to use our restaurant as a platform to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred goes against everything we stand for.”

 

Dear Bilboquet Friends, This morning a lot of you have been shocked and appalled to hear that Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz celebrated a birthday of a friend at Le Bilboquet with a cake with our former president Barack Obama's face on it. Let me be clear, I share your indignation without any reservation. Both Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz were attending a birthday celebration of one of our regular patrons who rented out our venue for a private event. The party was not for either one of them nor was it any kind of partisan rally. Unfortunately, I was not working yesterday and could not intervene in the unfortunate circumstances that unfolded but I believe I owe you an explanation and an apology. Someone that attended the party brought in an outside cake for Donald Trump Jr.’s upcoming birthday and we are not sure who that was. Both Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz took pictures with the cake and posted on social media outlets. We at Le Bilboquet feel betrayed and sad. Restaurant business is about creating a hospitable environment for all, a non-partisan, non-politicized, nondiscriminatory and respectful environment. The fact that guests decided to use our restaurant as a platform to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred goes against everything we stand for. On a personal note, I am French and my wife is Mexican. We both believe in universal values of love, respect and tolerance. Values that we have found within the Dallas community. Our friends and patrons represent a wide spectrum of American beliefs including: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. What brings them together is the same belief that we can live together with love, respect and tolerance. I made America my home a long time ago because of these values that embody the real American dream. I am truly sorry that such distasteful events happened at our venue and that these circumstances brought me to write this statement today. It reminds us that a divide still exists and that we have to keep promoting our core values, so that events like these don't happen again. While I am disappointed and hurt, I still think it is possible. Stephan Courseau Owner Le Bilboquet

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The restaurant owner added that he believes in love, respect and tolerance and is “disappointed and hurt” with what happened at his venue.

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