Restaurant gives free pizza to mothers after breastfeeding uproa - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Restaurant gives free pizza to mothers after breastfeeding uproar


MADISON (WKOW)-- Dozens of mothers filled Grampa's Pizzeria on Williamson Street Thursday night for an apologetic gift of free pizza.

Owners made more than 30 pizzas between 5:30 and 6:30 Thursday night as they worked to make amends for a recent incident involving an upset breast-feeding mother.

"We've got phone calls like, is this Grampa's Pizzeria? I'm never coming there and they hang up the phone, " co-owner Gilbert Altschul says. "I've got probably 50 e-mails from upset mothers in the neighborhood saying we kicked someone out for breast-feeding, which isn't the case."

Owners say what really happened was last Thursday they asked a breast-feeding mother if she would feel more comfortable nursing in a private area. The woman mentioned the incident to a few friends and within hours it had spread to hundreds of moms on facebook.

Several mothers contacted the restaurant and complained to the Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin.

"Word spread and through social media it just kind of took off overnight," Altschul says

The owners issued a formal apology on facebook and offered up free pizza for all mothers in the Madison area. Dozens of families showed up for the free meal and apology.

"They feel bad about it so that was a good thing that they're trying to reach out to other people," local mother Corrine Sheets says.

Some mothers came to support a new restaurant that offered to make amends. Others came to support the rights of breast-feeding mothers.

"The law protects our right to do it anywhere anytime and I think that regardless of how you feel about it you should respect the law and respect mothers who take really good care of their kids by breast-feeding them," local mother Melanie De Jesus says.

The woman who's experience at the pizzeria lead to Thursday night's event also showed up for a few slices of pizza. She was happy to accept the owner's apology and was impressed by their efforts to make things right.

The woman also tells 27 News that she never meant for her experience to cause harm to the pizzeria. She felt obligated to say something about the incident, but didn't want people to react so negatively towards the restaurant.

"We're a young couple just trying to start a small business and it really was, 100% an honest mistake. I mean, we're just trying to learn from what happened and turn it into a positive thing," Altschul says.


Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at