by Rachel Langlitz
LEXINGTON, Va. (WSET) -- Protesters gathered outside the Red Hen in Lexington Tuesday afternoon to protest the actions of the restaurant's owner Friday night.
On Friday night White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was dining at the restaurant when the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, asked her to leave.
Sanders described the incident in a tweet she sent out Saturday morning.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Since then there has been major outrage online over Wilkinson's actions.
People turned to the street with their signs in hand to protest the restaurant, which has remained closed since the incident.
Outside the Red Hen people were chanting and held homemade signs, Corey Stewart campaign signs, American and Make America Great Again flags.
Police had to block the portion of the street where it was happening.
One protester threw what appeared to be chicken poop at the side of the restaurant, and was subsequently arrested.
The fire department was then put to the task of cleaning it. Police said he yelled "Make America Great Again" while throwing it.
Another man held signs that said "Homos are full of demons" and "Unless they repent Let God Burn Them (LGBT) 2 Peter 2:6."
RED HEN PROTEST: Opponents of the Red Hen owner's decision to ask Sarah Sanders to leave the restaurant over the weekend were outside today.— ABC 13 News - WSET (@ABC13News) June 26, 2018
These signs say 'Homos are full of demons' and 'Unless they repent Let God Burn Them (LGBT) 2 Peter 2:6' pic.twitter.com/nTe2r8bmtM
The protesters had cleared up by 7:00 pm Tuesday night.