Law Enforcement Asked Not To Dine At Washington Restaurant

The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says a restaurant owner has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there.

Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday, the owner asked them not to eat there anymore.

Reichardt says the deputies were told that customers didn’t like law enforcement there. The sheriff says his chief deputy called the owner later Thursday and says the request was confirmed along with a request to spread the word among other law enforcement agencies.

The Sedro-Woolley Police Department said on Facebook it’s disappointed but they’ll continue to respond to the businesses in any way they request.

Here is the Facebook post by the Sheriff:

I am not often speechless but today I was advised of an incident at the Lucky Teriyaki restaurant in Sedro-Woolley that completely took me by surprise. Particularly on the heels of the United We Stand by our Law Enforcement event that was such an overpowering show of appreciation for our deputies and officers serving Skagit County.

This afternoon 4 Skagit County Sheriff’s office deputies were finishing up lunch at Lucky’s. As 2 deputies went up to pay they were informed by the owner that he requested they not eat there anymore. They were told that other customers didn’t like law enforcement there. My chief deputy spoke to the owner to confirm this because he simply could not believe what he was hearing. The owner not only repeated the request but asked that we spread the word to other law enforcement that they were no longer welcome either.

I understand a business owner has a right to refuse service if he wants to…….I also understand that as customers we all have the right to find some other restaurant to take our lunch break in.

Will Reichardt, Sheriff
Skagit County Sheriff’s Office

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  1. Debbie Relyea

    Please,please share and send this to everybody you know so this restaurant goes broke,never as long as I live will I go when officers in blue are not welcomed.

  2. Jerry McVicker

    Retract this story. It was found to be a language barrier and a misunderstanding. Being dicks is what started this whole thing.

  3. Wayne Wilhelm

    Well, in the future, should the business owner ever get robbed or have a mass shooting, that the police officers in the county will be too far away to respond.

  4. The great Divider...

    sounds like the “wonderful” cops are doing a great job of KILLING FREE SPEECH!

    • Bill Jackson

      You’re just as stupid as the restaurant owners!! 🙂

      • The great Divider...

        but, but your MAMA like to blow me???

    • philip1234

      Genius statement. Yes, they are killing free speech by repeating the owner’s words. Another mindless hater (that would be you, great divider). Sorry for that DUI, but you shouldn’t drink and drive.

      • The great Divider...



        thats it?

    • shooter2009

      It’s really too bad negative votes don’t show up on Disqus anymore. Yours would be one of the all-time champion negative vote-getters.

      • The great Divider...

        only by WHITE TRASH cons like you

        fc you!


      • The great Divider...

        SHOOTER 2009?? PLEASE???


  5. ZynWoof


    I love when law enforcement cars are already parked in the parking lot [without lights flashing?] when I go to a restaurant because:

    #1 I know it’s safe, from criminals & potential food poising!

    #2 it must be good or they wouldn’t be eating there!

    Nobody knows an area like the police❤️. Love you guys!

    • pen44

      Exactly!! I guess that all hell broke lose on the restaurant, and the owners are trying to say it a misunderstanding. But that doesn’t explain the phone call where the sheriff was told to “spread the word” to other law enforcement agencies. Sounds like they have lost a whole lot of business over the “misunderstanding”….

      • The great Divider...


      • ZynWoof

        Yes and owners brought it all upon themselves! I don’t think telling the officers not to come back was due to a “fear” factor either. That the officers would “attract” the kind of people who wanted to shoot them to the restaurant and thereby endanger the owners & their patrons. I could sorta “almost” understand that… Glad the Sheriff got out there & spread the word though!!!?

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