Heber Restaurant’s Signs Poking Fun At Coronavirus Spark Laughter, Controversy

Apr 7, 2020, 6:20 AM | Updated: 2:19 pm

HEBER, Utah – A Heber restaurant is still open for curbside and delivery service during COVID-19 business restrictions.

However, some locals said it’s not the food at The Junction Pizzeria & Grill that people are buzzing about.

About four weeks ago, the local business advertised a “buy 1 meal, get 1 roll of toilet paper free” campaign.

It was met with mostly chuckles and praise.

More recently owners changed the Main Street sign to read, “This is the longest anything from China has ever lasted.”

Again, many supporters applauded the humor.

One social media commenter wrote, “I think the sign is great; almost as good as your food. Hilarious and truthful too. Thank you for the lightheartedness during these uncertain times.”

But others thought it went too far.

Local Heber City social media pages exploded with comments expressing frustration about the banner.

On The Junction Facebook Page, one commenter wrote: “This is despicable. I will take my dining dollars elsewhere.”

Another person wrote, “This type of action does nothing but stoke hate.”

Those opposing the sign mentioned a spike in hate language since the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to the FBI, as coronavirus has spread across the U.S., so have reports of violence against people of Asian descent. But local Heber storeowners like Ed Hendershot told KSL TV the comment wasn’t racist.

“I don’t think it was meant to offend anyone, and there’s no reason for anyone to take offense,” Hendershot, owner of Aspen Grove Rustics said. “It’s a little humor – trying to lighten things up; we all need more of that.”

Heber City police officers got involved on Friday after owners at The Junction said someone threatened their employees over the sign.

“Somebody went in this local restaurant and apparently made a threat. We took a police report,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Nelson.

He offered insight during a time when law enforcement officials are seeing high emotions.

“We’re going to get through this as a nation, but we need to help each other — by helping neighbors and helping strangers,” Nelson said. “We still need to be civil and try to take care of each other.”

The Junction sign on U.S. Highway 40 has been removed.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

The Nurse Crisis and Patent Risk....
Debbie Worthen

Utah registered nurses are leaving the field, creating the ‘perfect storm’

"Without nurses, we can't have hospitals." Utah nurses are overworked and underpaid. Some say it's put people at risk.
4 days ago
Four-year-old Viola Fairfax-Panza Getting her COVID-19 vaccination, held by her mother Keke Fairfax...
Jed Boal

Salt Lake Co. distributes COVID vaccines for children 6-months and older

Salt Lake County begins COVID-19 vaccinations for children 6 months and older.
4 days ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Stephen Zenner/Getty Images)...
Jed Boal

Utah’s youngest kids should be able to get COVID-19 vaccine next week

Kids as young as 6 months old should be able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the middle of next week. This is an eagerly awaited opportunity for many parents and an issue of concern for others.
8 days ago
Utah COVID testing site. Getty images...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

New mobile COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

With the summer travel season underway and a steady stream of people still testing positive for COVID-19, Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.
17 days ago
The CDC is released updated mask guidance as researchers learn more about COVID-19. (KSL TV)...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Charter school asks students not to mask to help ‘normalize’ not wearing masks at school

The American Preparatory Academy asks students not to wear a mask during their last three days of school to help with their 'academic and emotional growth.'
28 days ago
AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigat...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5-11, here’s what a doctor advises

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages five to 11. But, a leading pediatric epidemiologist suggests some parents may want to wait based on their summer plans.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Heber Restaurant’s Signs Poking Fun At Coronavirus Spark Laughter, Controversy