Bar Louie In Memphis Criticized For Instituting ‘No Thug’ Dress Policy

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Although dress codes are always somewhat of a sore subject, one bar in Memphis, Tenn., is facing heavy criticism about attire requirements that many feel are simply too strict. The Bar Louie instituted a policy requiring patrons to wear their hats facing forward and did not allow large chains, sleeveless shirts for men, large white T-shirts, sunglasses or sweatpants. The bar’s policy also prohibits “excessively baggy clothing.”

Memphis-native Garrett McQueen found the policy offensive and he went on Yelp to voice his grievances.  

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Let me start by saying I do actually like the restaurant, the food, patio, everything. This is the type of place Overton Square needs. However, when I walked in today and saw the 'late night dress code,' I was mortified. In light of what is still being discussed concerning hoodies and Trayvon Martin, your banning “large white T-shirts” and “gold chains” is some of the most horrible and discriminating practices I’ve seen in Midtown in my life. I may come back someday, but I’m deeply saddened by the management’s decision to post a sign that clearly insinuates a 'no thug’ regulation.”

In response, Tony DeSalvo, one of the bar’s owners, wrote back: “My name is Tony DeSalvo and I am one of the owners of Bar Louie Memphis. I would be more than happy to discuss our dress code policy with you.”

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McQueen said he did not post the review to start trouble for the bar, but he did want to begin a dialogue about the issue, The Blaze reported.

“If restaurant or clubs or bars want specific dress codes … do that in a way that doesn’t exclude people or put out negative ideas about what I would consider black cultural clothing,” McQueen said.

The sign at the restaurant that provided the dress code has reportedly been taken down.

Sources: The Blaze, The Commercial Appeal