The restaurant apologized in a statement, saying, “a member of our team made the wrong call.”
It is nice that the steakhouse apologized but it’s sad this happened in the first place. This is an example of police bias.
A Brazilian steakhouse has apologized to law enforcement officials in San Antonio, Texas, after a manager asked an armed officer to leave the restaurant.
The incident took place on Saturday at the downtown San Antonio location of Fogo de Chão, during which the manager reportedly requested the police officer leave because of his gun.
“A law enforcement officer who was dining at our San Antonio location recently was asked to leave the premises by our staff because he was carrying a firearm,” the restaurant stated in a message posted to Facebook.
“We made a mistake by asking him to leave and sincerely apologize to the officer and to the San Antonio Police Department for this unfortunate lapse in judgment. We are working hard to address and correct the matter, and that includes us apologizing directly to the officer and training our team members on the laws in relation to firearms on business premises. We support, respect and appreciate everything our law enforcement does to keep us safe, every day.”
Lots of commenters on Facebook were appreciative of Fogo de Chão’s apology, with many thanking the restaurant for owning up to its mistake and promising to do better.
“Great job Fogo de Chao,” one wrote. “Glad to hear you accepted responsibility and are doing everything you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. For those here saying you should have done more, I suggest ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the officer and police dept. That covers it all!”