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Go deeper: Sharing a name with a restaurant at the center of a viral controversy

The chef of Red Hen DC pictured opposite the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals; Photos via Google Street View and Haley Britzky/Axios

The Red Hen, a popular D.C. restaurant, has learned the hard way that sharing a name with a restaurant at the center of a viral story can be “truly insane.”

The big picture: The restaurant was mistaken for the Red Hen in Lexington, Va., which asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave on Friday. In a testament to the power of social media and how quickly misinformation can spread, owner and chef Michael Friedman's restaurant has fielded a barrage of threats and attacks.