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.
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.”
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.