ALTSCHUL breastfeeding controversy

Gilbert Altschul outside Grampa's: 'Please remember that we replaced guns with pizza and I think that is a pretty good swap.'

MICHELLE STOCKER

Shortly after meeting with a representatives from the Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, Grampa's Pizzeria owners Gilbert Altschul and Marissa Johnson posted the following note to their Williamson Street restaurant's Facebook page:

"Hello everyone in Facebook land. There has been a lot of talk and speculation regarding our policies on breastfeeding. My fiance and I have just finished meeting with Alison Dodge co-founder of Happy Bambino and Alice Meyer, President, on behalf of the Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin. Last week when we offered a nursing mother a more private area to nurse her child we were entirely in the wrong and would like to apologize sincerely for any pain we may have caused her. At the time we were not aware of the laws regarding breastfeeding and will be sure not to make that mistake again. In our effort to make others feel more comfortable we singled out the nursing mother and that was completely unacceptable, hindsight is 20/20. As a peace offering I will be putting out complimentary pizzas for mothers and there children from 5:30 to 6:30 tomorrow evening. Please come check out our new restaurant and introduce yourself, I think you will find that we are very nice people who just made an innocent mistake. Also please remember that we replaced guns with pizza and I think that is a pretty good swap. Once again, our deepest apologies for any harm we may have caused and we look forward to meeting you tomorrow. Sincerely, Gilbert Altschul and Marissa Johnson"

The note comes in response to a series of complaints about the treatment of a breastfeeding mother at Grampa's which began circulating on social media this week.

Grampa's Pizzeria is located in the building that formerly housed Grampa's Gun Shop on Willy Street.

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