"I'm someone who takes the bad and wants to make it 10 times more positive," Medina[owner] said. "If they don't like us, they should match their values with the food they consume."
Piggybacking the slogan 's popularity, Medina created a new website where he advocates making Election Day a national holiday. He's doing his preaching.
"My goal is to make elections as possible," Medina says. "I'm going to close on election day and not only pay my employees, but I'm going to go and volunteer at polls."
A Marshalltown restaurant posted a flyer that appears to split the community. The owner claims he made the controversy a way to facilitate dialogue.
A sign appeared last month at Marshalltown 's La Carreta, a Mexican restaurant. It read Black Lives Matter, no human is illegal, and other phrases of human rights. Alfonso Medina 's restaurant operates and operates. He's who wanted to bring that up.
Since then, Medina received letters from people who said the sign offended them. He got another yesterday. He shared the letter on Facebook and endorsed by hundreds of community members. Medina said the letters got the society closer turns out.
"I wanted to post it to show people how you can still take the bad in life and make it better," Medina said.
He said he hopes his reaction to the complaints will encourage more small business owners not only in Iowa, but also in the world. He said he wanted small Latino businesses to know they have a political voice, just as other white-owned businesses. He cited Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby as examples. In the past, the chicken restaurant has contributed to groups known for anti-LGBTQ attitudes. Hobby Lobby is a Christian-owned business that has publicly expressed faith and political beliefs.
The letters will inspire more dialogue among community members, Medina said, which can motivate open-mindedness.
"[The letter] doesn't really concern me. I mean, if anything, it makes you happy, because that's what people need to do," Medina said. "And if it changes one or two people's minds, or maybe it doesn't change their minds, but understands how people in other shoes think or feel, it's a win for me, even if it's one person."
During the pandemic and the aftermath of the right hurricane, La Carreta rescued the nation, but Medina says the letters won't split his heart.