Sydney vegan cafe owner who branded his business a ' safe zone' defends ...

A sharp-tongued vegan cafe owner who branded his business a 'safe space for voters' has hit back at customers who boycotted his store.

Mark Da Costa branded his plant-based cafe Hale and Hearty a ' safe zone' ahead of Wednesday's United States presidential election, sparking outrage in the Sydney community of Waterloo.  

The vocal Donald and Pauline Hanson supporter's social media posts were unearthed and labelled 'homophobic' and 'racist', prompting further backlash from the LGBTQ+ community.

Mr Da Costa shared a photo to his cafe's Instagram story on Monday, labelling it a 'Sydney straight safe zone'.

Mark Da Costa branded his plant-based cafe Hale and Hearty a 'Trump safe zone' ahead of Wednesday's United States presidential election

Mark Da Costa branded his plant-based cafe Hale and Hearty a ' safe zone' ahead of Wednesday's United States presidential election 

After posting this image to social media, the cafe owner has received a huge backlash from left-leaning locals

After posting this image to social media, the cafe owner has received a huge backlash from left-leaning locals

In another post, Mr Da Costa told Sydney vegans 'to go and get f***ed'.

'We are a business who are only interested in providing a menu which is cruelty-free and sustainable, and refuse to be held ransom to a bunch of broke left wing university students who think all people MUST think like them,' he wrote. 

Mr Da Costa said he 'didn't care about' the haters during a live video shared to Hale & Hearty's Instagram page over the weekend.

'I don't want your money, I don't want your f***ing masks, I don't want your vaccine,' he said.

'All I want in here is these people - normal people who don't abuse each other.'

Mr Da Costa said he has been branded a racist, homophobic bigot over his contentious political views.

He has since apologised for his self-confessed 'derogative, foul-mouthed, rude and abusive' behaviour toward the gay and lesbian community.

'I was angry because someone from that community in Sydney decided to attack my family and my business... which I then absorbed and the anger grew,' he told 7News.

'It was completely disrespectful and unwarranted.' 

Prior to his apology, Mr Da Costa added fuel to the online fire by saying 'if you want Sydney's best pancakes with a side of racism come and see us'.

The saga began when a university student posted screenshots from Mr Da Costa's private social media accounts to a popular online group for vegans.  

Social media users have also flooded

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