A restaurant owner and award-winning author in California tweeted that he will no longer serve customers who wear “Make America Great Again” hats at his eatery.
“It hasn’t happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren’t getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate,” J. Kenji López-Alt, who works as a chef-partner of the Wursthall restaurant in San Mateo, said in a tweet on Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday.
Though the tweet was no longer accessible on Thursday, the newspaper reported that the post had garnered over 2,100 likes and 200 retweets as of Wednesday.
He had also reportedly drawn comparisons between supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE who wear MAGA hats and members of the Klu Klux Klan in another tweet that has also since been deleted, writing: “MAGA hats are like white hoods except stupider because you can see exactly who is wearing them.”
Some diners told The Associated Press on Thursday that they understand the restaurant owner’s position but added that they have mixed feelings about the ban.
“I see where he’s coming from, but I don’t think you should just keep people out because of a hat,” Jamie Hwang, a San Mateo resident, told the news agency.
Another diner, Esther Shek, told the publication that she believes the hats have “come to represent racism, intolerance, exclusivity” but also added that López-Alt’s choice to refuse supporters of the president might spell trouble later.
“They already feel like they’re being demonized by what they call the liberal elite,” she told the outlet. “We shouldn’t add fire to that.”
Lopez-Alt, who penned the 2015 book “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science,” declined to comment further about the ban to the Chronicle but said his eatery has received a number of threatening emails after his Twitter announcement.
Lopez-Alt's restaurant did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.