A San Francisco restaurant is apologizing after its staff refused service to police officers because their weapons made staff uncomfortable.
In an Instagram post yesterday, the co-owners of the North Beach restaurant Hilda and Jesse apologized after three uniformed officers were asked to leave Friday morning. The owners of Hilda and Jesse, a breakfast restaurant in North Beach, apologized for the incident after a widespread backlash.
In a statement, the restaurant's co-owner Rachel Sillcocks said the restaurant was a "safe space — particularly for queer and bipoc individuals." BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color. She said the police officers could have made guests as well as staff uncomfortable.
This caused blow-back as online reviewers voiced their disappointment by giving the restaurant 1-star reviews on several websites.Yelp added a statement to the restaurant's page saying it had temporarily stopped accepting reviews since they mostly did not relate to people's experience dining there.