After an outcry on social media, a San Antonio steakhouse restaurant called Fogo de Chão issued an apology after a manager there reportedly asked an off-duty policeman, in soft uniform, to leave the premises because he was carrying a firearm.
The officer was attending a family birthday party and had been in the restaurant for some 30 minutes before he was kicked out.
Although the restaurant manager allegedly cited company policy as the reason for evicting the policeman, Texas law in fact allows police to carry their firearms in public establishments like restaurants, hotels and sporting events even if they are off-duty.
The restaurant has issued an apology. The restaurant posted this comment on its Facebook page: “We sincerely apologize to the San Antonio Police Department and the officer in question [for the incident that occurred at our restaurant last night]. Unfortunately, a member of our team recently made the wrong call in San Antonio. We are working hard to address and correct this unfortunate lapse in judgment. We will address the policy internally and make sure our team members are clear. We support, respect and appreciate everything our law enforcement does to keep each and every one of us safe, day in and day out.”