Police were called to Capitol Hill’s Nacho Borracho bar Friday night after a group told to leave because of their involvement with a far-right group refused to exit the Broadway bar and caused a more than 15-minute disturbance at the establishment.
Officers arrived on the 200 block of Broadway E just after 11 PM Friday after a report of five people involved with Patriot Prayer inside the business harassing staff and customers. The group was heckling people inside the bar, “trying to debate about tolerance,” and being disruptive, according to the SPD report on the incident.
The security guard who called police informed officers that ownership does not allow hate groups in the bar.
The incident reportedly involved pushing and shoving as security attempted to remove the group. There were no weapons reported to be involved and no injuries were reported.
One group member told police he attempted to hold onto a railing inside the bar as security pushed him out after he refused to leave. Police gave the group a “trespass admonishment” and the 35-year-old assured police he wouldn’t return to the bar.
Patriot Prayer held a small rally Friday at the University of Washington. The group is known for its support of the Trump administration and holding far-right rallies and actions in liberal and progressive settings like universities and neighborhoods like Capitol Hill.
Supporters of Nacho Borracho, opened by Rachel Marshall and Kate Opatz in 2014, and its sibling Neon Taco operated by Monica Dimas, have taken to social media to call for support for the businesses after the weekend dust-up to combat reported retaliatory efforts to leave bad reviews for the bar and its taco window.
Dimas tells CHS her employees have been prepared for dealing with these kinds of situations and have been told to try to avoid engaging with groups like Patriot Prayer and to call police “if they mess with the bar employees again.”
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