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San Francisco restaurateur Rachel Sillcocks explains why police officers were denied service at the Hilda and Jesse brunch spot

SAN FRANCISCO – A trendy San Francisco restaurant has faced a storm on social media after refusing to serve three on-duty police officers, and now its owner is explaining why. mine.

Staff at the brunch spot Hilda and Jesse lined up uniformed officers at a table on Friday. According to chef and co-owner Rachel Sillcocks, the restaurant staff were annoyed by their presence and asked the staff to leave.

Sillcocks told our KGO sister station that the decision to turn down the officers had nothing to do with their uniforms, but also with the fact that the officers were armed.

“It’s not about the fact that we’re against the police,” she told KGO’s Dion Lim in an exclusive interview. “It was about us not allowing weapons into our restaurant. We were uncomfortable and asked them to leave. They are officers with nothing to do. They have everything to do when they carry guns.”

Sillcocks said officers were welcome to return to the restaurant for meals but without their weapons and staff would be happy to serve them.

“We understand how much the police support and protect the community,” she added. “We want to reiterate the fact that this is about guns in our space, and we don’t allow that.”

She agreed to interview the KGO to clarify what she called false claims on social media about why the officers were asked to leave.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott also responded to the controversy.

“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety, even if it means respecting the wishes that our officers and I feel frustrated and frustrated with,” Scott said in a statement. personally,” Scott said in a statement. “I believe the vast majority of San Francisco people applaud their police officers who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the hard work we ask them to do – in uniform – to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe.”

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