The book has been closed on a North Miami café  that banned Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell for his conservative beliefs.

That black conservative pundit, Gianno Caldwell, was eating breakfast with friends when he was asked to leave the book café in January 2023, according to the Miami News Times.

The conservative pundit spoke out about the event on Fox & Friends Weekend and Twitter, claiming that his group was discussing what it was like “working over at Fox News,” their “values,” “violent crime” and “progressive [district attorneys]” before being shown the exit.

“I can’t believe what just happened,” Caldwell wrote on Twitter after the incident. “I met up with friends for breakfast at Paradis Books and Bread in North Miami & while we were having discussions about politics we were told by the owners that we were not welcomed there because we aren’t politically aligned. Outrageous.”

Paradis Books & Bread said that it had ejected Caldwell and his pals from their company for a “zero-tolerance policy” for opposing political beliefs. The book café owners related that one of Caldwell’s group members reacted with, “That is your business model, and I respect that,” before leaving.

The Miami-based book café said that its booting of a black conservative and his friends led to a backlash on social media.

“Since the incident, we have been getting harassed on the internet, specifically on t*itter, google reviews, and… on this platform,” Paradis Books & Bread wrote on Instagram at the time.

According to its last statement on the company’s website, Paradis Books & Bread gave a half-baked reason for shutting its doors.

We have made the heavy decision not to reopen paradis, and this is our way of letting you know why. We’ve come to the end of the line, and we’re ending this project on our own terms. To our haters, we suppose congratulations are in order, so you can go ahead and stop reading now! But, to those who have loved us, supported our many changes, laughed with us, danced with us, and maybe even cried with us, we wanted to give you this parting explanation, as well as a wholehearted thank you.

The Paradis book café proceeded to render its last chapter before filing for Chapter 11.

The explanation for our closing truly isn’t just one reason, or one problem that we can point to and blame; it is a whole tangled knot of things, issues that both stand alone and compound one another, ultimately making this project unsustainable for us. Some of the main reasons that we need to close are deeply personal, and they’re the most important ones insofar as paradis is, afterall, a very personal project. Paradis has always been an owner-operated business, and, while we were once a team of five, we’ve been a team of just three for quite some time now. Making this place run when there were five of us was always challenging and emotional, as bringing different personalities and work ethics together towards one goal can be. The gradual disintegration of our team brought up a lot of difficult conversations, compromises, and, ultimately, the singular heartbreak of long-held friendships ending. While we have had various friends work part-time at paradis helping us push through busy service nights and “volunteering” during our parties, everything else has landed in our laps. It was never our intention to hire a different team of people, nor has it been ultimately sustainable, because what paradis has always required was an equal sharing of responsibilities, both during service and when the doors are closed.

The café makes it abundantly clear that its vision was one of a socialist salon.

Paradis, on its very best day, has been an experiment towards an otherwise. An experiment in connection, in “speaking our thoughts into being,” in hope, in rage, in love. In a society such as ours, it is a constant fight to be connected, to be supported, to live. Any project that attempts towards an otherwise is indeed a hard-fought experiment, and we have to keep fighting and attempting and tweaking and failing and trying again. Paradis, like other political spaces before it, are projects that often don’t last forever. They squeeze themselves uncomfortably into the vestments of a business model until the seams eventually burst. They’re often deeply personal spaces, and when those persons or personal circumstances change, the space and the project must transform with them. Interdependence and care are incredibly difficult things to instill into a business model, but we’ve tried our best to do just that. If this place has truly touched you, it’s likely these tenets were reaching out to pull you in. As many of you who have been conspiring with us at paradis over the years already are and have been, we urge us all to continue to reorient ourselves purposefully and lovingly to the world and to commit to others, to question, to study. It’s ok that it’s ending, ok that it failed, because failure is momentary, clarifying, and fortifying. The heart of paradis, the intent, the ideas of it, remain always. It is a building, and not. It is, moreso, a community of people who have come and gone and come back again, revolutionary ideas and intentions and attempts that never end.

Vive la révolution! Well, not really.


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