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Donald Trump Barred From Dining at Michael Symon's Restaurants

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The Republican National Convention heads to Cleveland in July, but he'll have to eat elsewhere

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The list of establishments Donald Trump is banned from just keeps on growing. The Republican National Convention is headed to Cleveland next month, but while in town, the tanned politician won't be dining at any of chef Michael Symon's acclaimed restaurants.

Yesterday while calling into local radio station 92.3 The Fan, The Chew co-host and Food Network fixture declared Trump won't be welcome at any of his establishments, CBS Cleveland reports.

"There's not a chance I'd let him into one of my restaurants," Symon said after being asked how he'd handle Trump showing up at the recently opened Mabel's BBQ.

Symon stopped short of denouncing Trump's politics, instead focusing on his personal experiences with the avowed Filet-o-Fish enthusiast. "I've been fortunate or unfortunate enough to meet him through the years and I'm not going to lie, he creeps me out a little bit," the chef said, laughing.

"You realize you could be turning off some of your potential patrons?" the show's host asked.

"Anybody that knows me knows I'm not afraid to speak my mind," Symon replied.

Symon certainly wouldn't be the only chef to have bad blood with the "Make America Great Again" hat mogul: The Donald is currently embroiled in back-and-forth lawsuits with José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian after both chefs pulled out of a Trump Hotel project in D.C. following the politician's disparaging remarks about immigrants.

Plenty of other businesses have also declared preemptive bans on Trump, from a Minneapolis coffee shop to a Louisville, Kentucky steakhouse, though the latter lifted said ban after reportedly receiving death threats.

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