New Hampshire restaurant bans politicians

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 09 2012 10:51 AM | Updated as of Jan 09 2012 06:55 PM

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Cheeseburger and fries, hold the politicians.

With Republican presidential hopefuls blitzing New Hampshire ahead of its critical January 10 primary, one small eatery in coastal Portsmouth has had it with gladhanding campaigners disrupting diners.

So the hand-drawn, red-white-and-blue sign on the door of the 28-seat Colby's Breakfast and Lunch restaurant declares "No Politicians No Exceptions."

The Portsmouth Herald newspaper reported Thursday that Colby's manager Jessica Labrie made and posted the sign on Tuesday after patrons complained about the steady stream of politicians stopping in to court voters.

"They make a big deal when they come in here," the newspaper quoted her as saying. "You can watch all this stuff on the news, but when you're here eating breakfast, you don't want to hear it."

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Representative Michele Bachmann, and former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer stopped by the restaurant over the past few months, it said.