Indiana Pizzeria Owners Are 'in Hiding, Basically'

As a high school coach is suspended over a tweet
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2015 7:12 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2015 7:55 AM CDT
Indiana Pizzeria Owners Are 'in Hiding, Basically'
Crystal O'Connor.   (ABC 57 screenshot)

The owners of the pizzeria in Walkerton, Ind., that told a local TV station they would refuse to cater a gay wedding has seen their world turn upside down since Tuesday night. In an interview with TheBlaze TV, Crystal O'Connor says Memories Pizza has been closed since the comments she and her father made in support of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act attracted national attention. "I don't know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it's safe to re-open," she notes. As for what the family is doing in the meantime: "We're in hiding, basically ... staying in the house." O'Connor adds that she's been suspended from another job she has "until this clears up," so she has no income coming in. She's not the only one experiencing job issues: ABC57 reports that a golf coach at Concord High School in Elkhart has been suspended after she allegedly tweeted under the since-deleted account @dooley_11:

  • "Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That's a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant."
In a statement, Walkerton police say they've passed the findings of their investigation into the tweet to local prosecutors "for possible charging of harassment, intimidation, and threats." The department, which notes additional units are patrolling the town of 2,000, asks "that all frustrations and rebuttals with Memories Pizza's recent media statements remain within the law." The tweet is far from the only negative comment that's been made: At the time of this writing, 3,845 Yelp reviews had been removed by the site. As for O'Connor's income woes, they may not be as dire as they seem: A GoFundMe account that BuzzFeed reports was set up by TheBlaze "to relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith" has raised more than $55,000 in the last 13 hours. (Here's how Indiana GOPers want to "clarify" the RFRA.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.