The restaurant owner's family, who speak Mandarin, told KIRO reporter Natasha Chen that while the Skagit County deputies were eating lunch in the restaurant Thursday, a group nearby spilled soup and their drinks and seemed agitated and argumentative.
The owner's son said he told the deputies in very broken English that they made the other customers "uncomfortable."
"Police not welcome here," is how they now believe it was received by the deputies.
Chen said she explained to the man and his son that the chief deputy followed up with a phone call.
"Didn't you understand that they were giving you a chance to straighten this out?" Chen asked in Mandarin.
The son says he didn't understand the questions, and he may have just answered, "Yeah," to the chief deputy's inquiries, not grasping the gravity of what was about to happen.
Within minutes of Reichardt's post, Facebook blew up with "Boycott Lucky Teriyaki" and more. Thousands left comments on Lucky Teriyaki's Facebook page and another calling for a boycott, expressing outrage.
Reichardt was not available for comment Thursday evening. The restaurant owners told KIRO they welcome officers and they're offering free food for all law enforcement officers Monday.
"We want them to come," he said.