Williamsburg cafe closes for good after allegations of alt-right ties

November 5, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A Williamsburg cafe owner who closed his restaurant temporarily in September after a digital campaign accused him of being a white supremacist has now shuttered it permanently because of what the owner considers a campaign of organized threats.

The Sands Cafe on Grand Street originally went dark a day after blogger Colin Hagendorf tweeted that owner Guy Sands is a member of the Proud Boys and “used to have an active alt-right twitter [account],” according to the New York Post. The tweet cited a 2016 Vanity Fair article that reported Sands attended a party thrown by far-right columnist Milo Yiannopoulos.

Sands, a registered Republican from Greenpoint, has denied any links to the Proud Boys or other alt-right groups, the Post reported.

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