A Syrian restaurant on Queen West has been forced to shutter after receiving “hate messages” and “death threats.”
According to an Instagram post, the eatery has made the choice to close permanently in order to maintain the safety of family and staff.
Last week, a protest outside of an event featuring the People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier saw demonstrators becoming violent, with some being taken away in handcuffs.
Protestors blocked an 85-year-old woman with a walker from entering the event, reportedly calling her a “racist” and a “Nazi,” according to the CBC. An apology posted to Soufi’s now-deleted Facebook page indicated that one of those protestors was a family member.
“We would like to formally apologize for the unfortunate incident that occurred with the elderly woman,” the post read. “Alaa regrets that he did not step aside and/or stand up against the act of verbal abuse.”
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According to this Instagram announcement, the restaurant has been receiving hate messages and death threats since.
“We will cherish the countless memories of us sharing stories, food, music and laughter,” the post reads.