SF Restaurant Apologizes for Denying Service to Armed, On-Duty Police Officers

The owners of a restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood apologized Sunday for asking police officers to leave their eatery because the officers’ guns made employees uncomfortable.

In a statement posted Sunday on social media, Hilda and Jesse owners Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liedags Compton said “these are stressful times and we handled this badly.”

Three officers were asked to leave the brunch spot on Friday and the restaurant posted an explanation on its Instagram channel Saturday that read: “The restaurant is a safe space. The presence of the officers’ weapons in the restaurant made us feel uncomfortable. We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do. We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform and without their weapons.”

Outcry soon followed on social media, including a response from San Francisco police chief William Scott, who said his department “stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing.”

The restaurant owners backtracked on Sunday with the apology on Instagram.

“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,” said Sillcocks and Liedags Compton. “We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times.”

The incident drew comments supporting both sides. Some commenters were clearly upset at the incident, calling it discriminatory and pointing out that if there were to be an emergency the officers would be there to help.

“How disrespectful and entitled of the business to treat people who risk their lives to protect us,” wrote one poster. “It’s a bit heartbreaking actually.”

Local resident John Perri agreed.

Click here to read the full article at CBS SF Bay Area


  1. citizenkarma says

    The hollow apology infers that now the owners and staff “who were uncomfortable” have all of a sudden ceased to discriminate and are all in support of this 180 degree change of heart. Not so fast. I would personally not trust a bite of anything that came out of that kitchen. Spitting in food would not surprise me at all. Just my opinion.

  2. Eleanor Howard says

    They only apologized because they saw dollar bills disappearing! God Bless the men and women in Blue who protect us from evil – and that includes Democrats!

  3. Robert Wilson says

    I would never eat at this SCUMBAG restaurant!!!! What are they going to do if they get robbed? Call the Cops?!

  4. When you have the job it puts a target on your back for every demented and ANTIFA types.

    They wanted them to leave because they provided a 3 person security team while they were eating there?

    This is how perverted the Frisco area has become. They see riots, theft, and more all around and they want the police to leave?

    How about them leaving and taking the Socialist/Communists they elected to office with them.


  5. The restaurant self-declared themselves a “safe spot”….maybe they should invite the next flash mob over for brunch. They would certainly be more well-behaved than three police officers. and when the restaurant calls in for help…just tell them that the police have been banned and to deal with it themselves, or ask city hall to send over some counselors.

  6. Always a Ridiculous scenario but just proves the old saying:”out of sight, out of mind.”

    Thank you all LEO’s for typically carrying concealed backup on and off duty, for their own and the public’s protection.

    I always thank all LEO’s I engage with for their service.
    Especially the on-duty county sheriff behind me at the bank ATM.

  7. Once again, the bedwetters have shown themselves to be a comical bunch. Comical in a stupid way. A way that can’t be fixed.

  8. RIP Hilda and Jesse Restaurant nothing like shooting yourself in the foot.
    Let’s GO BRANDON!

  9. I was in the restaurant business for over 20 years and always welcomed any police, chips or fireman in my restaurants…..loved having them there…..to deny service is inexcusable.

  10. How about if the police officers were quite upset when your restaurant got robbed & forgot how to find you? What a lame excuse you have given


    This place is glorified racist against men in uniform, if you showed up in Military Dress Uniform, you are NOT WELCOM. Place is disgusting and they’re apology is lame and fake just to get them in the news.

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