People with disabilities turned away from restaurant

An employee of Royal City Restaurant at the buffet on April 17, 2014. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)

An employee of Royal City Restaurant at the buffet on April 17, 2014. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:54 PM ET

GUELPH, Ont. — An organization that cares for adults with developmental disabilities says one of its groups was turned away from a Guelph restaurant Wednesday.

But the eatery's owner says it was a misunderstanding.

A group of eight people — five clients and three workers — went to the Royal City Restaurant for lunch, Bob Butella, the executive director of Community Living Guelph Wellington, said Thursday.

However, they were met in the parking lot of the Chinese food buffet by an employee and allegedly told they couldn't be served, he said.

"I understand they were told they weren't welcome inside because they would offend some of the other patrons," Butella said.


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