ELIZABETH, N.J. — Yelp reviewers are trashing the restaurant owned by the family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in multiple explosions in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
The restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, had previously spurred complaints from neighbors for being too noisy, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said. It used to be open 24 hours a day. Investigators searched the building Monday.
Now the restaurant is being slammed by reviewers online who have said buying chicken from the family will support terrorism.
Click through the photo gallery below to read selected reviews posted in the wake of the bombings:
Not all of the reviews are bad. One credits the family for making a living with the restaurant and says people shouldn't judge the entire family solely because one member is a suspect in the explosions.
An automated message from Yelp appears on the restaurant's page.
"This business recently made waves in the news, which often means that people come to this page to post their views on the news," the message says. "While we don't take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the restaurant. "
The restaurant's rating has plummeted to 1.5 stars since reviews started coming in Monday morning. Reviews posted prior to Monday say the restaurant served good food at decent prices.
Neighborhoods residents told PIX11 the restaurant owners always seemed friendly.
Rahami's family had sued the city of Elizabeth and its police department in 2011 for discrimination and harassment.
The city council voted to close the restaurant by 10 p.m. nightly, because of "all of the people hanging out there" around the clock, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage told CNN Monday.
The family claimed in the lawsuit that the city conspired to "discriminate" and "illegally harass" them by subjecting them to citations for allegedly violating a city ordinance on hours of operation.
According to the lawsuit, the Rahamis claimed a neighboring business owner told them that "Muslims make too much trouble in this country" and that they don't belong here.
Court filings obtained by CNN show the case disposition as a "statistical closing" without a clear ruling.