Following a review left by man on Yelp, which simply stated “”Too many gay people,” the owners of a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis have asked the man to not return to the popular eatery.
Cynthia Gerdes, founder and CEO of Hell’s Kitchen, explained in a Facebook post why she and her staff found the man’s words so hurtful.
“All of us who work here, whether straight or gay, view Hell’s Kitchen as our home; we open our doors each morning and do our best to make every person kind enough to dine with us feel as if it is their home, too. We do our best to make every guest feel welcome, we do our best to create an environment that gives them a chance to enjoy the company of their friends, we do our best to create an environment that is blind to any form of prejudice and we do our best to create an environment that is safe. These aren’t “business goals”….they’re just naturally in the DNA of every one of the 166 members of our Hell’s Kitchen family.”
She goes on to politely ask that the man not return to the restaurant.
“While you’re certainly free to post any comment you want about us, we’re equally free to say you cannot enter our home again.”
According to Fox 9 of Minneapolis, ‘A family member says the Yelp user has retracted his comment and has learned the error of his ways.’
After the restaurant learned that the man removed his review, the post on Facebook was updated.
“We’ve just learned from a member of the media that this young man and his family have taken down his post and he understands how hurtful his words were. Here at Hell’s Kitchen, some of us have said things we later wished we had not, and some of us have made mistakes that have hurt others … we’re very big believers in redemption here and always respect people who acknowledge that their words and actions have hurt others. We appreciate the steps this young man took today and would welcome an opportunity to have him meet us so that he can learn a bit more about why we felt strongly about his words.”
So far there’s no word if the man has accepted the restaurant’s invitation. But if details are publicly released, we will keep you updated.