Restaurant owner who banned customers in MAGA hats takes back remarks

The restaurateur who said earlier this week that he would be refusing to serve anyone wearing MAGA hats has apologized for making the statement without the consent of his staff and partners, and for being “reckless” in the way he had presented his thoughts.

J. Kenji López-Alt, the chef and owner of Wursthall in San Mateo, Calif., shared his latest message on on Friday, and apologized for the way he communicated his initial Twitter remarks, in which he said, “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.”

López-Alt also claimed the original tweet, which has since been deleted, was meant to “reject” the anger, hate, and violence he says he associated with the red “Make American Great Again” hats.

“It was aimed at these three elements rather than at a physical object, but I understand that many interpreted my words in a different context, and construed a message of hate directed at them. This was not my intent in any way, and I am sorry for my recklessness.,” López-Alt wrote via, in part.

“Unfortunately the way I tried to communicate this ended up only amplifying the anger, and I apologize for that.”