Dionne Wilson, National Post, March 6, 2013
The owners of Hillbilly Heaven are expecting its best Wednesday turnout despite the soon-to-be opened second-location of the restaurant being vandalized.
The southern-style BBQ joint made headlines earlier this week for proudly displaying a confederate flag in its window.
Cameron Bailey, one of the owners of the restaurant, said he had his best Tuesday in three years and is not at all worried about the vandalism.
“This is the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be a lot more of this, but whatever,” Bailey said.
The restaurant’s infamous confederate flag had blotches of black paint splattered on it, and the side of the restaurant had “Antifa zone” sprayed onto the black wall. While Bailey insists the flag is not a representation of superiority. The words “Antifa” is a reference to anti-fascism and seems to be a response to the flag.
The destruction of the flag is what Bailey finds most absurd about the vandalism. He said he will not replace the flag because he wants the people of Hamilton, his customers, to see what happens when “certain people” don’t get their way.
Bailey said he will definitely be pressing charges if the police are able to find the person or group responsible for the attack. He turned over surveillance footage to Hamilton police who are currently investigating.
The grand opening of his second location will take place on Monday, March 11. Bailey plans to hire more staff to accommodate the anticipated crowds.
“I expected a nice quiet opening, but I may hire off duty cops just in case,” says Bailey.