SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A restaurant denied service to three San Francisco Police Department officers on Friday because their weapons made staff ‘uncomfortable,’ the business announced in social media post.
Shortly after seating them, Hilda and Jesse staff politely asked the armed officers in uniform to leave, according to the post.
Hilda and Jesse says the restaurant is a “safe space,” and the presence of weapons prompted its staff to deny service to the officers.
After the incident, the restaurant issued an apology Sunday in an Instagram post.
“We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident on Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco Police Department to leave our restaurant,” the apology wrote. “We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times. We hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD. These are stressful times, and we handled this badly.”
The restaurant said Saturday its actions are not a political statement, stating it did what it thought was best for its staff.
SFPD Chief William Scott tweeted a response to the officers being denied service.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” Scott said.
Scott’s full thread of tweets could be seen here.
Hilda and Jesse is located on Powell and Union Street.