An award-winning cookbook author and California restaurant owner has said anyone wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap will be refused service at his restaurant.
The cap was popularised by Donald Trump and became a symbol of his successful campaign for the presidency and, since then, his policies in the White House.
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a chef-partner of the Wursthall restaurant in San Mateo and said in a tweet on Sunday that he views the hats as symbols of intolerance and hate.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday that Mr Lopez-Alt’s decision was met with mixed reaction by restaurant clients.
Diners interviewed by the newspapers said they understood Mr Lopez-Alt’s stance but questioned the hat ban and said he could have found a better way to start a dialogue on the issue.
Mr Lopez-Alt wrote the 2015 book The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.
He said his restaurant received threatening emails following the tweet and declined further comment.