Another Atlanta-area restaurant comes under fire for arbitrarily enforced dress code after refusing service at former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to wear leggings.
Bottoms claims on Twitter he was asked to leave the Perimeter Mall at the expensive Capital Grille steakhouse chain on April 15 for wearing leggings, which the restaurant apparently considers “gym attire,” under dress code policy.
“Polite Notice – For the comfort of all patrons and to better deliver on our promise of a fine dining atmosphere, proper dress is required,” the statement on the restaurant’s website reads. “Please do not wear: sportswear, sweatpants, tank tops, hats, clothing containing offensive language or images, exposed underwear.”
In a later tweet, Bottoms says she then observed a woman likely dressed in a similar outfit enter the restaurant, but didn’t see her leave. Bottoms never confirms what the woman was wearing, but the tweet implies that she was dressed similarly to the former mayor of Atlanta.
“It’s strange that a restaurant in the parking lot of a mall is refusing customers in ‘mall’ attire. I was asked if I could sit in the bar and was told ‘No ‘” Bottoms tweets. “Rules are rules, just wondering if the woman who walked in immediately after me, who I didn’t see come out, was also denied service.”
Strange that a restaurant in the parking lot of a shopping center refuses customers in “shopping center” attire. I was asked if I could sit at the bar and was told “No”. Rules are rules, I’m just wondering if the woman who entered immediately after me, who I didn’t see exit, was also denied service. https://t.co/4GRq97cwGP
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) April 15, 2022
A man in the comments to the former mayor’s tweet says he was not suspended from duty three weeks ago at the Perimeter location for wearing a Nike tracksuit and Nike Air Jordan 11s. Former diners, some posting photos in the comments, have also allegedly worn or seen people dining in jeans, medical scrubs, tank tops, tracksuits and neon sweatpants at the Capital Grille perimeter location. The national steakhouse chain also includes a location in Buckhead.
Eater has contacted the Capital Grille in Dunwoody for comment.
This isn’t the first time an Atlanta restaurant has come under fire for inconsistent enforcement of a dress code. In 2020, Umi in Buckhead was accused of racial discrimination after a black couple with a booking were turned away because the husband was wearing white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. At the time, the dress code did not include sneakers in its dining rules, but the restaurant’s Instagram featured several photos of diners wearing similar high-end sneakers while dining there. The dress code has since changed to allow such footwear.
Then, in 2021, Buckhead’s French restaurant Le Bilboquet came under fire for similar reasons, first by a customer attempting to dine there and then by basketball legend the Atlanta Hawks. Dominique Wilkin. A woman with a terrace reservation was refused service for wearing a matching cotton tracksuit. However, on leaving the Bilboquet, she claims to have observed other customers sitting outside dressed in ripped jeans, trainers and t-shirts. Wilkins arrived a few days later in “casual designer pants and a shirt” and was told he was breaking the restaurant’s dress code.
Wilkins received a public apology from Bilboquet. Johnson said she never received any regarding her experience.