[SAN MATEO, Calif.] – J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, chef and partner at Wursthall Restaurant & Bierhaus in California is refusing to serve any customer branding a Make America Great Again message.
According to ABC 7, the restaurant owner says customers will not be served if they are wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The tweet which was since removed stated: “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 “Individual Fun” López-Alt (@kenjilopezalt) January 27, 2019
The New Haven Register had more on the story:
San Mateo resident Jamie Hwang, 42, told the newspaper she has mixed feelings about the ban, saying that San Mateo is diverse and members of her family support Trump.
“I see where he’s coming from, but I don’t think you should just keep people out because of a hat,” Hwang said.
Her dining companion Esther Shek, 39, said she believed the hats had “come to represent racism, intolerance, exclusivity.” But she added that refusing to serve Trump supporters would exacerbate a situation where talking about differences might be better.
“They already feel like they’re being demonized by what they call the liberal elite,” she said. “We shouldn’t add fire to that.”
Bao Agbayani, who was visiting from the Philippines, said the rule banning the hats wouldn’t keep him from dining at the restaurant. But he said he was alarmed by what the rule represented.
“You’re discriminating against those with different political views,” he said. “That’s just not OK.”
López-Alt opened the Wursthall Restaurant & Bierhaus in San Mateo, CA with partners Adam Simpson and Tyson Mao. A second location, in San Jose, was announced in November 2018, and is expected to open in 2019.
He is an investor in Backhaus Bakery, which is owned by Anne Moser and a new location is due to open in San Mateo in 2019.
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