SLO coffee shop closes to reflect on sexual misconduct allegations

SLO coffee shop closes to reflect on sexual misconduct allegations

April 4, 2022

Julian Contreras

By BEN DI GUGLIELMO and KAREN VELIE

Amid allegations of sexual misconduct from an proprietor, Kin Espresso Bar in San Luis Obispo shut above the weekend to “reflect and reorganize,” according to a indicator on the door. In addition, operator Julian Contreras is handing administration of the organization over to his girlfriend and the Kin Coffee Fb site is disabled.

Final 7 days, Ash Rianne accused Contreras and his good friend Nate Abate of sexually assaulting her and an unnamed pal in Contreras’ bedroom in 2012, in several Instagram posts. Abate was arrested in 2012 on rates of statutory rape and digital penetration, in an unrelated case. He eventually pled to fake imprisonment, in accordance to courtroom documents.

Abate owns Nate’s Barber and Hair Design in Atascadero.

Rianne’s stunning accusation quickly blew up across social media, with hundreds of buyers liking and sharing the first publish. In the subsequent times, Rianne proceeded to put up screenshots she promises to have obtained from nameless accounts who claimed obtaining comparable ordeals with equally Contreras and Abate.

A group of five nearby organizations responded by asserting the “Keep the alter fundraiser,” in which your alter will be used to present authorized help for the victims, according to Blackwater apparel boutique’s Instagram web site.

“In wake of their bravery, we have to have your aid to deliver lawful assist for the 15+ females coming forward with their stories of sexual abuse from two nearby organization proprietors in SLO County,” Blackwater posted on Instagram. “Please donate your adjust in aid to get their justice they deserve.”

Contreras denied any affiliation concerning Kin Espresso and Abate in a lengthy Instagram post that says Kin Espresso “welcomes everyone no matter of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, incapacity, age, religion (or lack thereof), or financial status.”

“Kin Coffee Bar has under no circumstances had any affiliation with Nate Abate,” in accordance to the Kin Coffee Instagram write-up. “We do not tolerate any sort of malicious actions. I, myself, will consider time to handle these issues personally for the protection of the workers and the men and women included. This assertion is in no way hoping to invalidate the emotions of any victims. You all are heard and there will be accountability.”

In his article, Contreras announces programs to donate $3,000 to Increase, a nonprofit that serves victims of sexual assault.

Sidecar, a cocktail bar and restaurant in SLO, condemned Kin Coffee’s put up.

“This put up from Kin is a vapid attempt at advantage signaling in the hope that men and women tumble for the lies…because he takes advantage of buzz words and phrases,” Sidecar posted on Instagram. “He utilizes abusive, manipulative language in the hope that we, the normal, operating individuals of the entire world, will pity him.”

Kin Coffee is at present shut, with a indication on the door: “The workers at Kin have decided to get this weekend to replicate and reorganize thanks to the latest functions. We’ll operate our way towards a solution that honors, validates, and uplifts this local community. Thank you for understanding.”

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