Stanley Park Teahouse manager Darin Hodge stood by his decision, telling Global News that he felt the hat signified "racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, (and) homophobia."
"As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest's choice of headwear while in my former place of work. Absolutely no regrets," said Hodge in a written statement.
"A gentleman came in wearing a hat that was a 'Make America Great Again' hat, and our manager went up to the gentleman and asked him to take off his hat, that he wouldn't serve him with that hat on," said Eva Gates, whose employer, the Sequoya Group, owns the restaurant. "And the gentleman said that he had a right to wear that hat. And [the manager] refused to serve him if he wouldn't take off his hat, and so the customer had to leave."