Austin Restaurant Closes Amid Backlash Over Owner's Insensitive Newtown Comments

It looks like an Austin restaurant, recently under fire after its owner made controversial comments about the Sandy Hook shooting, has closed, according to KEYE-TV.

After claiming to not "give a damn" about the 20 children that died Friday, shockingly, Thai Noodle House owner Eddie Nimibutr received death threats. He spoke with Austin's CBS-affiliate:

"I'm a little bit shocked by it and I'm a little bit scared too," said Nimibutr.

Soon after Nimibutr's comments went viral, a Facebook page calling for a boycott of his restaurant turned up. The restaurant is now closed, though it remains unclear if this is a permanent move.


Nimibutr also offered an incredibly half-assed apology:

"[I]t was a bad response, I shouldn't have said it in those words," said Nimibutr. "Looking back at it, it was better to say something than to be silent."

"I do apologize, because maybe it was a little insensitive to write something like that, right that day the day of the shooting."

We'll see if "sorry I'm not sorry" is good enough to keep Nimibutr's business afloat.


[Via KEYE-TV // Image via Digital Texan]