The owner of the D.C. restaurant where protestors forced out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife earlier this week says that his staff and their families have received death threats.

“I am blessed to work with the staff who have handled the harassment and life-threatening messages we and our families have received in the wake of the event,” Fabio Trabocchi wrote in a statement released Wednesday.

“They have shown remarkable grit and calm,” he said. “It is scary to hear anger directed at you and those you love– I am lucky to work with brave people who respect our work.”