“It was very creepy, I have to say,” says Jamey Jasta, a chef at the iconic Italian restaurant El Pollo Loco.
“They put Christmas decorations on the walls and they painted the ceiling in a really weird way, I thought it was pretty creepy.”
While the decorations at the restaurant are no longer on display, they’ve certainly become more prevalent at other establishments across the country.
In fact, a number of restaurants have been forced to close due to a lack of decor.
“It was one of those things where they didn’t want to offend anyone,” says one of the restaurant’s owners, Mariano, who also goes by the name of “Bart the Butcher.”
“And so they decided to paint the ceiling red and it was the last straw.
They were like, ‘No, we’re not doing that anymore.'”
While many of the establishments that have closed due to the decorations have been reopened in the future, Mariani says he’s not quite sure if it will ever happen again.
“If you ask me, if it was happening every year, I would be shocked,” he says.
“Because I think it’s so disrespectful.
But if you go back to Christmas in the past, it was always something like this.”
A Christmas tree in the background at El Polló Loco, located in Santa Barbara, California.