A sign posted outside a North Carolina restaurant has been raising eyebrows for its strict rules around dress code focused on a particular style of clothing.
“Take your hood down. Pull your pants up. Finish your phone conversation. Marijuana smell not allowed. We will be glad to assist you,” reads the sign outside of Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Charlotte.
— Angela Hong (@angelahong23) March 2, 2016
WSOC-TV reports that although the sign has been up for three years, the owners recently made it bigger so that more people would notice it.
“It’s actually the best response we’ve ever had,” restaurant owner Martin Tanaka said. “More people think that more places should do it.”
@AngelaWSOC9 The question is could they have achieved the same result by saying 'appropriate clothing' required for entry. It's borderline.
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Tanaka said that the sign was placed there because of the hibachi style of eating. Often, people are placed at tables with strangers, and the sign is meant to foster an atmosphere of respect.
“Our regular customers are families, and we count on a lot of small children to come to this restaurant,” Tanaka said. “I believe our society is lacking on respect, and I think we’re falling behind on it.”
Tanaka added the line about the marijuana smell because of previous experience having to turn away people who might bother other customers with the odor. He insisted that the rules had nothing to do with any particular race and that he has had to turn away rule-breakers of various races, though he always gives them a second chance.