A Philadelphia restaurant has become the focus of tension between left-wing Antifa vandals and a right-wing group that was supposedly allowed to recruit members at the eatery.
The Millcreek Tavern was vandalized early on New Year’s Day, with vandals spray-painting “F— piss boys” and breaking a number of windows. The owner of the establishment, retired police officer Jack Gillespie, accuses Antifa of having done the damage.
Gillespie told the Washington Examiner that there was an estimated $20,000 worth of damage.
The restaurant and Antifa have a tense relationship after a November incident in which Millcreek was accused of letting the Proud Boys, a right-wing group that has clashed with Antifa activists, recruit members on its premises.
The owner said that a conservative group called the restaurant to see if they could host a party of approximately 20, which they said they could do. While he said they had a file with them labeled “Proud Boys,” Gillespie maintained the group was connected to Turning Point USA, a conservative organization.
“The night ended without any incidents,” Millcreek Tavern wrote on their Facebook page at the time. “The group had no meeting that have knowledge of, no ‘recruitment’ nor any interaction with other patrons. On Saturday 11/16/19 something came over on FB that caught my attention. ‘Millcreek allows Proud Boys as a recruitment haven’. I was confused because I had no idea who/what this meant. After doing some research, I was appalled.”
It went on, “I have since found out that the group that had came in on Friday evening are not members of Proud Boys. They are in fact members of TPUSA (Turning Point USA). Proud Boys does not like TPUSA because they are far to moderate.”
Gillespie called Antifa “a terrorist organization” and accused those individuals of being “full of hate.” He also added that he doesn’t know who the conservatives in question are and that he’s not “in touch with them.”