So that manager was under the mistaken impression that 'his' restaurant was 'protected' by the parking lot signs? Or was it by the door signs for entry into the mall? (They're not part of the mall; it's a separate building.)
"can you remove your gun and put it away"
Yes. But it's safest when it's not being handled.
Mayfair Mall Milwaukee Location
The Cheesecake Factory
Mgr. Kipp VanDorf (nice guy but ignorant)
Superior Linzey Escobar (who really kicked Nazir out)
District Mgr Tom Davis
If you want to contact the manager, or corporate, here's 943.13 (trespass).
Clearly says that they can't post parking lots.
And they can either put a sign on their own door or tell people they're not welcome... but they're only losing the customers who OC. Everyone who's cc is still welcome.
Here's CF's online contact form. (Scroll down the "where were you" to Wauwatosa.)
943.13 (1m) Whoever does any of the following is subject to a Class B forfeiture:
(b) Enters or remains on any land of another after having been notified by the owner or occupant not to enter or remain on the premises. This paragraph does not apply to a licensee or out-of-state licensee if the owner's or occupant's intent is to prevent the licensee or out-of-state licensee from carrying a firearm on the owner's or occupant's land.
(c) (2) While carrying a firearm, enters or remains in any part of a nonresidential building, grounds of a nonresidential building, or land that the actor does not own or occupy after the owner ... or the occupant ... has notified the actor not to enter or remain ... while carrying a firearm ...
This subdivision does not apply ... if the firearm is in a vehicle driven or parked in the parking facility, to any part of a building, grounds, or land used as a parking facility.
ETA: it just occurred to me that that last exception means that carry in the parking lot is legal. Doesn't have to be in the car.