Williamsburg cafe temporarily closes after accusations of alt-right ties
The Williamsburg cafe Sands at 855 Grand St. has temporarily closed after owner Guy Sands received a barrage of tweets and emails alleging that he is affiliated with white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys. Sands, a registered Republican who lives in Greenpoint, has asserted that “I do not associate or identify with these groups in any way” and that “Sands welcomes everybody,” according to Eater.
However, a Vanity Fair article published in 2016 names Sands as having attended a party thrown by alt-right media guru Milo Yiannopoulos. In addition, a tweet sent on Sept. 25 says that Sands ran an alt-right Twitter account before opening the Brooklyn restaurant, Eater reported. Since the tweet, more than a dozen negative reviews appeared on the cafe’s Yelp page, Eater said.
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