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Sarah Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The co-owner of the Red Hen, the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders last year, said business one year after the incident was "better than good" and urged other business owners to remember that "resistance is not futile" in a Washington Post op-ed published Tuesday.

The big picture: While top Trump officials getting blacklisted from restaurants isn't making waves in the news like it did last year, restauranteurs in and around D.C. still walk a tightrope as they handle VIP clientele who may invite controversy into their dining rooms, per The Washingtonian.

  • One high-end restaurant in D.C. has struggled with how to serve Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller, both known for their controversial policies in a very liberal city.
  • That restaurant places DeVos in a private back corner, satisfying her security detail's desire for privacy and keeping her out of the sight of other patrons.
  • Miller preferred a seat in the center of the dining room on his repeat visits, but did not return after the restaurant's owner confronted him about the administration's immigration policy — though Miller accepted the criticism kindly in the moment.

Flashback to other Trump officials' restaurant troubles last year:

  • Miller was called a "real-life fascist" by a customer at a D.C. Mexican restaurant.
  • Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled at another D.C. Mexican restaurant over the administration's family separation policy.
  • Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, were banned from campaigning at the Midtown Tavern in Bozeman, Montana, for Republican candidate Matt Rosendale. The owner didn't directly attribute that snub to Trump administration policies, saying the establishment wanted to stay "politically neutral."

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles had been identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.