Co-owner of The Red Hen steps down as executive director of Main Street Lexington

Published: Jun. 26, 2018 at 4:23 PM EDT
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Stephanie Wilkinson has chosen to resign as executive director of Main Street Lexington.

Wilkinson is the co-owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington and is the person who asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the restaurant due to her political affiliation,

, including that of the President of the United States, who called the restaurant "dirty" on Twitter..

Elizabeth Outland Branner, Board President of Main Street Lexington, says she accepted the resignation of Wilkinson as the executive director of Main Street Lexington.

"Considering the events of the past weekend, Stephanie felt it best, that for the continued success of Main Street Lexington, she should step aside," Branner states.

Main Street Lexington is a volunteer-based organization which helps to enhance and promote Downtown Lexington.

Some people on social media had called attention to Wilkinson's role with the group, saying her decision reflected the town itself.

In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden

the "Crumb and Get It" bakery in Radford because of the business owner's opposition to a statement made by President Barack Obama.