The Blueness Restaurant at Lange Gasthuisstraat was initially not wheelchair friendly. This can be inferred from a message on their website. He stated that “the restaurant is intimate and compact, leaving no room for wheelchair users or prams.” This led to a lot of criticism.
Various associations committed to the disabled have criticized this exclusion as well as the restaurant’s communication style.
“Unfortunately, Blueness Antwerp is not suitable for wheelchair users. The restaurant is intimate and the space is compact, meaning there is no place for baby seats or prams.”
“This beats everything,” said Petra Velge of the nonprofit Gazette Editors’ Independent Living Van Antwerp. Due to rebound physical limitations, you will also soon be dependent on a wheelchair. This is pure discrimination. Everyone has the right to a meal, right? “
There was also criticism of the method of communication. “This language is undoubtedly blunt,” said Dave Cullen of Independent Live, among others.
The notice has since disappeared and wheelchair users can now use the Le Pristine toilet next door. The restaurant is still not suitable for strollers.