The owners of a San Francisco restaurant have apologized for denying service to three police officers over the weekend because their weapons made their staff 'uncomfortable.'
The owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant apologized in a social media post published Sunday following an outcry and calls to boycott the eatery because the officers were asked to leave shortly after they sat down Friday.
The restaurant owners initially explained in a Saturday posting that the officers were politely asked to leave, but the explanation only served to make things worse.
The Hilda and Jesse restaurant on Union Street in San Francisco is pictured
The owners, Rachel Sillcocks, left, and Kristina Compton, right, have apologized for denying service to three police officers because their weapons made their staff 'uncomfortable'
The owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant explained their reasons for asking the police officers to leave, namely that they made other diners in the restaurant feel uncomfortable
The co-owners further apologized in a second social media posting for asking the officers to leave shortly after they had sat down after an outcry in social media and calls to boycott the eatery
The interior of Hilda and Jesse, designated a 'safe space' by it's owners is pictured above
'Our restaurant is a safe space - particularly for queer and biopic individuals. Furthermore, the fact that they were in uniform with multiple weapons on them made our staff uncomfortable, and potentially other guests, so they were asked to leave,' the restaurant explained.
The officers would be welcome back to the restaurant in North Beach when they were off duty, out of uniform and without their weapons, the post added.
'We would happily welcome them off duty, out of uniform and without weapons. We're sorry that the decision upset. We understand your perspective and we hope you'll consider ours.'
But on Sunday, a second apology was made on the restaurant's Instagram page where Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liegas, the co-owners of the venue, admitted they got things wrong.
'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. We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times,' the post read.
'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,' they added,' the statement continued.