New Mexico coffee shop closing after backlash to owner's anti-Semitic rant

A New Mexico coffee shop is closing following public backlash to the owner's anti-Semitic rant on Facebook.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that Michael Palombo, owner of V Roast Bistro, admitted to writing a since-deleted Facebook post in which he referred to Jews as "f--king animals that deserve everything that has happen to them and don’t deserve our sorrow for what has happen to them."


Palombo initially said someone else wrote the anti-Semitic comments on his personal Facebook page, according to local news outlet KRQE.

But he told the local newspaper Monday that he wrote the post "in a moment of anger." Palombo made anti-Semitic remarks in the post about his landlord's business practices.

The coffee shop was widely boycotted by the Albuquerque community last week after the post surfaced. But Palombo denied that he was closing his business because of the controversy.

"My wife’s been wanting me to close it for a while," he told the paper. He did not specify when he plans to shut it down.

In a subsequent post Monday, Palombo apologized, writing that "it is not who I am, or who we are or who we've been at V Roast Bistro."

"This has been one of the most painful and embarrassing moments of my life," he added.

Palombo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.