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Owner of San Francisco Restaurant Forced to Apologize for MAGA Hats Comments

"Unfortunately the way I tried to communicate this ended up only amplifying the anger, and I apologize for that," he wrote.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2019 @2:54pm
Owner of San Francisco Restaurant Forced to Apologize for MAGA Hats Comments

J. Kenji López-Alt, the owner of a San Francisco-area restaurant called Wursthall, issued an apology on Friday for his previous statement that his restaurant would not serve anyone wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.

“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 tweeted earlier this week.

CBS San Francisco reported on the backlash that the restaurant owner tweet had caused, which included Wursthall’s Facebook page and Yelp being bombarded by bad reviews.

“I want to start by apologizing to my staff and partners at Wursthall. Making a public statement without taking my team’s thoughts into consideration was disrespectful and reckless,” he wrote in a Medium post. “My goal at Wursthall was for it to be a restaurant where all employees and staff are treated with respect and trust, and by making that public statement without your consent, I failed at that goal. I will work hard to earn back that trust.”

López-Alt then explained that the MAGA hat began to symbolize “anger, hate, and violence” in his opinion, and that was the context his tweet “meant to communicate.”

“Unfortunately the way I tried to communicate this ended up only amplifying the anger, and I apologize for that,” López-Alt wrote. “What’s more, my personal perspective in no way meant that Wursthall was changing its policy, as is being erroneously reported in media.”

“Wursthall will continue, as it always has, to serve all customer regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, gender orientation, disability, or political opinion — so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant,” he concluded.

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