The Pots N Hands Restaurant in Morris, Man. was packed with supporters for the owners Saturday, after homophobic slurs have forced them to shut down the establishment.
Dozens of people from across the province, including a group of Winnipeggers, made the trip south to the small town of about 1,700 people, to stand behind the owners and the gay community.
Chad Smith, with the Rainbow Resource Center, coordinated a convoy of supporters to visit the restaurant.
"It's about showing support and showing some solidarity and letting them know that they've got people that believe in them and people that have their back," said Smith.
"I know that there's folks in Morris that have their back and we just wanted to let them know that the community is behind them as well," he said.
Owner, Dave Claringbould, and his partner opened the restaurant about four months ago.
"It was an awesome feeling to know that the world has this much support in it," said Claringbould.
"It became such a large issue that it's gone a long way to show that when issues come up with minorities, for whatever reason it may be, people are no longer prepared to stay quiet," he said.
Premier Greg Selinger posted said plans to dine at Pots N Hands Restaurant next week, through a message on Twitter.
The restaurant is set to close next Saturday.
Morris is located about 70 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.