A restaurant denied service to a Black boy for his clothes, but video shows a White boy, dressed similarly, was allowed
Restaurant denies service to Black boy for his clothes
“So we want to eat and they’re telling me my son can’t eat here because there’s no athletic wear. He’s 9. And there’s kids out there with tennis shoes on,” Grant can be heard saying in the video, which shows her son wearing black tennis shoes, athletic shorts and a t-shirt.
“Unfortunately, we do have a dress code,” the restaurant employee says as he suggests that the boy possibly change into “nonathletic shorts.”
“I have faced racism time and time again, but it’s hard AF, when you have to see your child (9yo) upset because he knows he’s being treated different than a white child!” Grant wrote in the caption of her video posted on Instagram. Grant did not return CNN’s request for comment.
Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Ouzo Bay and a number of other restaurants in the area as well as in Houston, apologized on Monday evening, calling the incident “incredibly disturbing.”
Atlas has received backlash before for its dress codes.
According to the Baltimore Sun, The Choptank, another Atlas restaurant, received criticism last year for its dress code that banned what the paper described as “excessively baggy clothing, sunglasses after dark and bandannas” — a move critics said was discriminatory towards African Americans.
Choptank has since modified its dress code, the Sun reported. It also said it opposed discrimination and decried “false accusations” of racism, according to the Sun.