SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – A restaurant owner in San Mateo has apologized after saying he would ban patrons who wear “Make America Great Again” hats to his establishment.

Kenji Lopez-Alt, chef and partner at Wursthall Restaurant and Bierhaus, said in a statement posted Friday, “Making a public statement without taking my team’s thoughts into consideration was disrespectful and reckless. 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.”

“Wursthall will continue, as it always has, to serve all customer (sic) 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,” the chef went on to say.

Wursthall Restaurant and Bierhaus (CBS)

On Sunday, Lopez-Alt sent out a tweet declaring that he would not serve anyone who comes into his place wearing the caps popularized by President Donald Trump.

“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,” Lopez-Alt said in the tweet.

Lopez-Alt’s tweet was later deleted, but not before causing a backlash online. The restaurant’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with negative comments, which caused the social media sites to shut down its comments section.

The chef was not at the restaurant Thursday, and none of the workers on duty wanted to comment on the story.

Comments (140)
  1. Harold H. Seneker says:

    See, being a “liberal” or “Progressive” or “Social Justice Warrior” is supposed to make it all right to stereotype people according to their appearance, to discriminate against them, and where possible to silence and banish them. Such people are perpetuating the same mindless hate they posture against publicly but secretly embrace for themselves.

    I’m glad it backfired on this a-hole. May it be ever thus.

  2. Jorge Gonzalez says:

    That’s not good enough. Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge you freaking hater. Haters like you should not be allowed to live.
    I heard that from tens of thousands of liberals at other terrorist protest riots against businesses.

    1. Richard Davidson says:

      I personally would not take a dump in his restaurant ! EVER!…

    2. Richard Davidson says:

      I personally would not take a dump in his restaurant ! EVER!..BOYCOTT this POS!

  3. John Smithson says:

    Funny thing is, it’s usually the leftists that are hateful and violent. He should add the word “Left” to his name. Kenji Lopez-Alt Left.

  4. Robert Gendron says:

    i’m sure he was eaten alive on the response.
    in spite of that, i accept the apology.

    perhaps he has learned to separate personal and professional positions.

  5. Ken Simmons says:

    Typical Liberal Snowflake” unable (unwilling?) to “stand firm” on his/her/its’ “beliefs” – quickly “backs down” at the first hint of “resistance”…

    1. Andrew Mckim says:

      I thought that he was just an a-hole, it turns out he’s much worse … He’s a coward.

  6. Tomas Cruz says:

    I’m still going to sue him and all the other liberals, their companies and networks for calling me a Nazi, a Klan member, racist and tea bagger. They better get really good lawyers.

  7. Mike Herman says:

    Why would anyone eat at an intolerant dump like this one?

  8. The mainstream media might be loud, but they don’t write checks for loudmouth business owners.

  9. Mike Herman says:

    Hint: Don’t eat anything prepared out of your site by a hateful bigot.

  10. Dale Schmidt says:

    “so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant,”, so, he won’t be serving the leftists, liberals, Bolsheviks and democrats, right?

    1. Don Stickney says:

      Will I get served if I wear my ANTIFA garb?

  11. ernie4 says:

    ICE needs to check his citizen status

  12. Steven Foster says:

    It’s always the “open minded” who are first to discriminate

  13. Sigmund Silber says:

    You have to give him credit for apologizing.

    I certain would not wear a MAGA hat anywhere. I do not think it is appropriate to be campaigning in a restaurant. But some people are jerks but they get hungry also.

    I learned from my father early in life, One is nice to customers and be happy that you have customers.

    And everyone who works for you may not feel the same way you do.

    1. DIana Romero Schader says:

      A hat like the #MAGA hat has nothing to do with politics.. IT A SAYING.. Make American Great Again, which is a good thing. The haters are those who took the saying and saying it means hate.. WHAT TYPE OF HATE IS THAT.. and I hate when they use the words “the way the climate is”.. the problem with the climate is coming from the liberals who show no tolerance for anyone who do not agree with then.. ERGO THE MAGA HAT..

  14. Leftists like that turd, whether they call themselves socialists, fascists, communists, Black Lives Matter, Democrats, Greens, Nazis, progressives, Antifa, or whatever, are a cancer.

  15. Paully Revere says:

    Can I wear my pink pu$$y hat to this establishment?

  16. This guy is missing the point entirely. The gravament of his offense was not thathe failed to get the consent of employees and staff at his restaurant, but that his attitude itself was terribly bigoted.

  17. David Bork Patterson says:

    Too bad Tolerance is not on the menu.

  18. Piper Rose says:

    “So long as they leave hate outside the door”? Look in the mirror all of you Mr. Bigots.
    I betcha men in the girls bathroom, Black Panthers, Farrakhan and Puzzy hats are more than welcome.

  19. Bruce Harwell says:

    Interesting that he, a Trump hater, accuses Trump supporters of his own hate that all Trump haters have.

  20. Joseph McLinden says:

    Too late Kenji, we have to hold you to liberal Democrat standards which clearly state: Once any person makes a remark that shows them as politically incorrect their life and business must be destroyed, just like the guy who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Right?

  21. I will come to your restaurant after I purchase a MAGA hat and have lunch. What you do to me is up to you, but as long as I have 2 boobs and one backside I will wear anything I please within reason. I don’t generally wear politically motivated outfits because my political views are none of your business and democrat hatred and violence is prevalent but in your case I will make an exception.

    1. Mark Stowell says:

      Better take a test kit to check for biological “adulterants” in your meal.
      My younger son is a general manager for a large steak house, and he says it’s common knowledge in the industry how many times angry (or just bored) servers – and sometimes kitchen help – “season” your food.

  22. Rhonda Tracey says:

    good decision to end the ban. this trump supporter here who is no where near to being a racist or anything of the kind. We voted for Trump because Washington DC has forgotten the Citizens and the Rights we have. We deserve better in Washington DC and Trump is the beginning of the fall of the Washington Elite who have forgotten why they were elected.

  23. Lee Bertram says:

    MAGA cap, swastika, white hood, all the same to this self-righteous hate-mongering virtue-signaling chef who presumably wants to make a profit selling food. Best for him to make his business a private club restricted to dues-paying Leftist bigots only.

  24. Jeanne Lawrence says:

    he is young, he has not learned the viciousness of human kind. but maybe he is catching on……..never saw a hat and a lynching, never went through the Holocaust museum and made to stare at the horror. Ignorance……………………………………..

  25. Allan McNay says:

    Just don’t eat there. Leave him alone if he wants to be a ass and lose business its his right.

  26. Kenneth Henson says:

    How many MAGA hat’s are in the Bay area ? Who cares ?

  27. Jim Southerland says:

    You would think this moron would have learned the mistakes of howard schultz and his sjw missteps at star bucks.

  28. Mitch Haase says:

    Wursthall, the most appropriately named restaurant from an owner who is so full of hate he can’t help but be an intolerant prick.

  29. Eli Toro says:

    I’ve never understood businesses that willingly limit their client base by 50%. Why not embrace both political sides by selling the socialist burger and the MEGA burger? Let the customer decide.

  30. He didn’t even know he was an un-American bigot.

  31. James Temple says:

    What a jerk. You were right the first time! Nothing wrong with banning these idiots who wear those silly hats made in China!

    1. James Cygnus says:

      So if I had banned anyone wearing an Obama shirt.hat, etc. you would support that or still call me a racist Nazi?

  32. Mike Powell says:

    LOL, he insists that “hate” be left at the door… but someone let HIM in. Hmmmm.

  33. Guy Hurd says:

    The Democrats have been proven to be the haters. They chase Republicans out of businesses, harass us in the stores, call us every vile name in the book. Yet WE (Republicans ) are called the haters.

  34. Teddy Coral says:

    Well, you have to give the libs credit for one thing. By screaming racism and hatred over and over they have programmed all of their supporters into believing that half the country that supports Donald Trump ( a lot of whom are the very same people that voted Obama into office twice) are somehow hateful in every possible way because we didn’t give coughing fit falling down the stairs anti-America Hillary a chance on the podium.

  35. Lisal Christian says:

    I don’t patronize businesses that target customers based on politics. If everyone isn’t welcome then I’m not going.

  36. Sean Deckard says:

    Get woke, go broke!

  37. Alfonso Bergamo says:

    BOYCOTT this loser

  38. Apparently, only Kenji Lopez-Alt is the one allowed to “practice hate”.

  39. Eugene G. Kelly says:

    To all Conservatives: stay strong! Hit these creeps in the pocketbook-it is the ONLY message they understand! Hope this place goes the way of the Red Hen.

  40. Anne Danos says:

    Hate, anger and intolerance are what YOU forgot to leave outside, Mr. Lopez-Alt.

  41. Never let anyone who hates you prepare your food. Never!

  42. He must be a demon rat because they can say whatever stupid or mean thing they want and then apologize thinking it will make everything fine but it does not.

    1. Jason Ledd says:

      So why didn’t the owner of restaurant leave his hate at the door, too?

  43. Joe Carrell says:

    Seriously though, i would never wear my MAGA hat into any restaurant from McDonalds to Masa because restaurants are where 96% of the 12% of antifa morons who work, work.

  44. Charles Siminareo says:

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, supporting Trump is a symbol of intolerance and hate ???
    Banning customers is a symbol of intolerance and hate.

  45. Pete Dosado says:

    They are hiring at Subway, McDonalds, or Burger King, so all is not lost!

  46. Sandra Shaw says:

    I am always amazed when business people intentionally make customers angry. Wearing a MAGA hat simply means you support the President. I would never eat food prepared by a chef who feels this way. Who knows what he would do to it.

  47. Sure, wear your MAGA hat to the restaurant. Chef has a ‘special’ recipe for you.

  48. Brian Hogan says:

    I don’t believe the retraction. I think he’s just walking back what he said but his “qualifying” statement, “so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant,” shows he still intends to do it. Some brave MAGA Citizen should test it out and go with Hat to restaurant.

  49. Stehr Va says:

     so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant,” the chef went on to say.

    Well you typical idiot Californian, I don’t see you leaving your hate at the door. The only ones this whole time that have shown hate are you liberals and Democrats. Just because we conservatives and Republicans don’t agree with you does not mean hate. Just another liberal without any brain wandering the Earth.

  50. Too late. We know what is in his heart!

  51. Rich Gimmel says:

    Looks like the “tolerance” crowd is finding it needs to practice its preaching.

  52. I’m seeing a nice free meal for Republicans here. A few drinks, finish all but a few bites of your entree and then put the hat on and wait to be 86’d for a free meal!

  53. Jim Wolfson says:

    It’s always helpful when bigots make themselves clearly known.
    Now we know, Kenji. Good luck trying to run an obviously-bigoted business.
    And you can stop hoping we’ll forget your leftist bigotry.

  54. Bob Suyak says:

    This guy just confirms what I have observed over the past few decades: most who have hyphenated last names are a.sholes.

  55. Rick Miller says:

    Nobody hates like a liberal.

  56. Abe Froman says:

    “Same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of ‘INTOLERANCE’ and hate,” Lopez-Alt said in the tweet.”


  57. D Patrick Dewey says:

    Despite the grudging apology and reversal, I’d be leery of eating at a restaurant with an owner who has been so quick to denounce MAGA caps as a “symbol of intolerance and hate” and self-righteously announce his refusal to serve their wearers. It smacks of projection since HE is the one expressing his intolerance and hate, not those who wear MAGA caps.

  58. illinoisatlarge says:

    This is California. It’s OK to run a business openly bigoted and fascist, so long as it’s Liberal.

  59. Joe Campbell says:

    The restaurant owner acuses patrons of what the media believes.
    Talk about being brainwashed.

  60. Just a ton of ignorance from this nitwit. Once again, the hard left (all democrats) believe you have the freedom to say and believe what you want as long as you agree with them.

  61. Jim Wolfson says:

    “Wursthall will continue, as it always has, to serve all customer (sic) 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…”

    “Leaving hate outside” probably explains why Kenji Alt-Left didn’t show up to his business on Thursday and stayed outside.

    No, we won’t forget, Alt-Left. Good luck rebuilding a customer base of leftist moochers and how many jobs did your stupidity just kill?

  62. and this will prevent the
    prevent the demented demoncrats
    from putting feces or draino in
    your food?!?!?!

  63. Christopher Dunson says:

    Business drop-off

  64. Why are liberals such a hateful group?

  65. Kim Watson says:

    I try to never do business with haters like this restaurant owner.

    To mean and too narrow minded to ever get my business.

    In his next business, maybe he will think of others before he begins spilling his ignorance.

  66. Joe Pace says:

    You want to get your point across, hit them in the pocketbook…politics ends at the cash register.

  67. john L says:

    Too late for the fake apology.We know your feelings and any Trump supporter should now avoid this place.

  68. Harry Kallehan says:


    B O Y C O T T !!!

    Drive him out of business, without delay.


  69. Lazy SF Bay Area reporters missed that It’s THE LAW

    California Code, Civil Code – CIV § 51.5
    (a) No business establishment of any kind whatsoever shall discriminate against, boycott or blacklist, or refuse to buy from, contract with, sell to, or trade with any person in this state on account of any characteristic listed or defined in subdivision (b) or (e) of Section 51 , or of the person’s partners, members, stockholders, directors, officers, managers, superintendents, agents, employees, business associates, suppliers, or customers, because the person is perceived to have one or more of those characteristics, or because the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

    (b) As used in this section, “person” includes any person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, limited liability company, or company.

  70. Make san fran sicko great again,vote the democrats out!

  71. Doug Day says:

    You want hate? Look at your customers, then in a mirror.

  72. A business owner has every right to make choices and rules for his own private establishment. A customer has every right to make choices on which businesses to support. There are consequences to every choice made. One stupid decisions can destroy a business.

  73. Joe Vermurlen says:

    One of the sad facts of history is that Democrats have the largest history of “hate” than what the “right” has. Franklin Delano Rosevelt imprisoned Americans of Japanese ethnicity, and yes FDR was a Democrat. Truman was a KKK member from 1920 to 1922 and yes he was a Democrat, LBJ was a notorious bigot and yes..a Democrat. The democratic party has a history of racisim and the republican party does not! and yes it was the Republican party that freed the slaves. and the latest proof, just look at the governor of Virginia. Thanks to Black and Hispanic support Donald Trump was elected President and he could not have been without their support! So note to the “Kenji” read your history son before you begin to accuse people of hate

  74. Mike Woolbert says:

    It’s amazing how fast empty seats produce an apology. His apology is worthless he said what he meant and he meant it. His apology is nothing more than a business decision. He picked his fight and got his ass kicked – too bad. I hope the people in San Mateo understand this and he tanks.

  75. Jim Strouse says:

    “Wursthall will continue, as it always has, to serve all customer (sic) 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,” the chef went on to say.

    needs to digest his own rhetoric

  76. Tony Johnson says:

    Think about it. Only in America can some foreigner immigrate here, start a business and then denigrate and insult everyday hard working Americans and violate our Constitution and get away wih it. Any other country the people would have drug his ungrateful butt out into the street an delt with him before putting him on a plane and sending him out of here.

  77. Tony Johnson says:

    Oh and just imagine, if he feels this way about America, he’s probably spitting in the food he’s serving to Americans.

  78. Bob Skilnik says:

    Probably wore a Che t-shirt back in the day.

  79. Who are the genuine haters? The ones polluting their neighborhoods with yard signs, holding violent protests, extinguishing free speech, banning public events featuring anyone they oppose, banning people from their businesses, making up new crimes with the label “hate” attached, tearing down statues, ignoring the history of their true legacy of hate— accusing others of exactly what they are.

  80. Paul King says:

    I guess he doesn’t consider banning people wearing MAGA hats to be intolerant. But he does consider wearing a MAGA hat to be intolerant. Now that’s intolerant.

  81. Sounds like his employees balked at this left wing looneys bigotry against the USA.

  82. Don Stickney says:

    That was an apology?! Right up there with “I’m sorry that I got caught”!

  83. Peter Soehnlen says:

    Not too hard a call really.

    Would you wear a MAGA hat and order food at a Chik-fil-a?

    Would you wear a MAGA hat and order food at a Starbucks?

    Your call.

  84. John Mattaboni says:

    Their lawyer tapped him on the shoulder and said he was in danger of being sued for having a politically hostile work environment. But trust me, he still genuinely hates all of you and if he could, he would outlaw your opinions.

  85. Nick Cignetti says:

    Typical liberal—-apologize and all is well. Mental disorders abound in liberals and no cure in sight!!!!!

  86. wirecutter59 says:

    Like my father used to tell me, one thing you cannot take back is the spoken word.

  87. David Ervin says:

    suggestion for someone in the bay area; go there with a maga hat and after your meal arrives box it up and have it analyzed for contaminates.

  88. Sound An Alarm says:

    “so long as they leave hate, anger, and violence outside of the doors of our restaurant,” the chef went on to say.”

    According to him, if you’re wearing a MAGA hat, you have not left ‘hate, anger and violence outside…”

  89. How can we alienate 50% of our potential customers? ……Hey I know ….

  90. Lee Sutch says:

    Do they Defecate on the streets in San Mateo too?

  91. Liberals love free speech…as long as its a liberal speaking !

  92. Didn’t this dummy hear about the Red Hen in VA after they threw Sarah Sanders out. The whole town is losing business.

  93. R we supposed to continue giving this bigot out money, even now after we have seen his true hatred for REAL American Patriots? I, for one, think not. Get woke, go broke seems like it might apply here.

  94. Jay Gee says:

    This shows the hate, it is not from the right.

  95. Ryan Toth says:

    so, let me get this straight. No one had ever come in wearing one, but he knows if they do, they are likely to bring hate violence and anger in…….. hmmmmm . I love how the lefties always project the crime as if it has already happened, then that justifies their emotional reactionary bs. no not anymore snowflakes. not anymore

  96. Michael Frost says:

    What an idiot. Restaurants operate on very thin profit margins.A comment like that is enough to put him out of business. And it likely already has. The owner just doesn’t know it yet.

  97. Betty Lane says:

    Open your mouth, lose profit. Anyone see a correlation there?
    Another liberal mugged by reality.

  98. Michael Ryan says:

    How DIVISIVE can a restaurant owner be….

  99. What an idiot. The white hood is the only thing he got right. I hope his pocketbook suffers as much as his brain.

  100. John R. Hogerhuis says:

    The hats aren’t the problem. It’s what goes on under them.

  101. George Montgomery says:

    Love it when the libs expose themselves. I won’t be spending my money or time there.

  102. Luis Martinez says:

    When I wear a MAGA hat, I always carry…surprise!!!

  103. I don’t live in his area but if I did I would not patronize his restaurant.

  104. I can’t recall seeing a group of MAGA hat people amassed against someone who disagrees with them; then yelling them out of a restaurant or scaring their wife and children at their home. The people without the MAGA hats are routinely the demonstrably intolerant ones. They prefer to celebrate approved diversity subjects.
    Obviously this guy’s attorney explained what an equal access lawsuit is, since most MAGA hat wearers are Caucasians. So now he has to hide is hate, which is funny really because it’s legal to hate any group you want to; what isn’t legal is actually doing something to them because of their group membership.

  105. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    I’ll bet the owner didn’t ban the hateful, angry, and violent ‘Hope and Change’ tee shirts.

  106. Samuel Green says:

    At the end of the day, the end result will be the same. He will see a 50% reduction in sales.

    I wouldn’t eat in this morons restaurant even if the food were free.

  107. Samuel Green says:

    The owner could set it right, by giving a free meal to anyone wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

    But as I said above, I wouldn’t give this guy my business even if the food was free.

  108. Samuel Green says:

    The only remedy to salvage this is for the owner to give a free meal to ANYONE wearing a MAGA hat.

  109. Bill Santiff says:

    It seems like the Democrats are using George Orewll’s 1948 novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” as a playbook. This novel would be a good read for everyone who is worried about the antics of the radicals…it is their seems to be their guideline…

  110. Thomas Taylor says:

    It’s not fair for the restaurant owner to go out of business, just because of one racist outburst

  111. PJ Ki says:

    Good thing he apologized because otherwise about 50 people wearing MAGA hats would have went into the restaurant, not gotten served, and the owner would have gotten a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.

  112. William Carmen says:

    I’m 100% Pro-Trump … if this clown apologized and is sincere then great, let’s move on and show what the difference is between conservatives and snowflakes.

  113. Black cop in Florida rapes a six year old girl, in school. Waiting for the news to report it.

  114. Rich Bolles says:

    Shouldn’t have said it in the first place..I hope you have to seriously down size.

  115. Ted Kool says:

    He’s so stooooopid. He says that “it hasn’t happened yet.” So he still goes out there and makes a total fool out of himself for what? Nothing!

  116. Max Roberts says:

    Since he states he won’t serve anyone wearing a KKK hood does that mean he’d kick out the Governor of Virginia?

  117. As soon as I saw this I was taken aback and knew how this would end. The key word in his total BS. statement is PARTNER. He was told to put out retraction asap. He may be a Chef but not sole owner of the restaurant.and a junior partner at best, as fast as that statement came out. I have solely owned as the head chef restaurants and others businesses over 40 years . Your job is to take care of people make sure they have a great experience. I hope he learns this is a valuable lesson.