Tiverton restaurant issues apology after posting anti-Semitic meme

This is an image of the Atlantic Sports Bar and Restaurant in Tiverton. (WLNE)

TIVERTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A Tiverton restaurant apologized Monday after an anti-Semitic meme was posted on their Facebook page over the weekend.

Atlantic Sports Bar and Restaurant issued the apology following a post shared Sunday that featured a meme of Anne Frank, making reference to the hot weather in an insensitive manner.

The initial post received much backlash and criticism.

The restaurant has since removed the post and issued an apology, saying in part that “the post was poorly thought out and we realize that it was incredibly inappropriate and does not reflect our values as members of our community.”

“There is no excuse for the sharing of this post, and there is nothing we can do to rectify it, all we can do now is offer our deepest apology to those who were rightfully hurt by our actions. The Atlantic Restaurant prides itself on being a tolerant, inclusive and safe space for all people,” added the restaurant.

Moving forward, the Atlantic Sports Bar and Restaurant said it be “vigilant in vetting all social media posts to ensure that nothing like the events of this past week ever happen again.”

“We appreciate the outpouring of support, as well as the outpouring of rightful criticism, this will certainly be a teachable moment for our team,” said the restaurant.

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