Umi of Buckhead has come under fire for his dress code, and people have called for a boycott of sushi restaurants. The Atlanta couple accused the policy of being used to discriminate against them.
On Friday, October 23, Kaylan Colbert (Kaylan Colbert) and her husband William Johnson (William Johnson) said they arrived at Umi at 5:15 early and were informed by management that Johnson had violated the restaurant The dress code is due to wearing white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. After exchanging views with the management on the policy, the couple was refused service and asked to leave. When Umi boss Farshid Arshid intervened, the situation deteriorated further.
The restaurant’s dress code is listed on its website, stipulating that Umi prohibits the use of ball caps, sneakers, sportswear and sweatshirts, as well as men’s shorts, flip-flops and vests, especially under the following circumstances: Wear it inside. It also pointed out that the dress code is “strictly enforced.”
However, the couple believed that the dress code policy was arbitrarily enforced, and faced management and ownership issues, allowing others to wear sports shoes for meals. Colbert’s video posted to Instagram during the October 23 incident appeared to show a woman sitting in a bar wearing silver tennis shoes. Johnson pointed out to a staff member that the woman was wearing “Adidas sneakers” and asked why she was allowed to sit, but he did not.
“We were standing next to her, but they refused to look down at her shoes to confirm that she was wearing sneakers,” Colbert told Itt. “One time, someone did bow their heads and said:’They are high-end sports shoes.’ The lady actually kicked her foot out and said, “Yes, these are Adidas. “
After being asked to leave the restaurant, Johnson and Colbert questioned the assistant general manager of the seemingly random dress code policy. In the video, the assistant general manager said that he was told that the woman in the bar was wearing “sneakers.” When Arshid happened to leave the restaurant at the same time, the couple asked him about the sneaker policy. Arshid replied, “No Adidas, no Nike, we just don’t have sneakers. [worn inside.]”He told Johnson, “There is no Air Force One.” carry out. “
Colbert told diners that since the Air Force 1st generation aircraft is “synonymous with hip-hop”, she and Johnson accepted Arshid’s comments, saying that he did not want Johnson to wear these “black shoes” in the restaurant for the couple.
The exchange between Arshid and Johnson at that time It became extremely fierce, and the video captured Arshid threatening to call the police and said Johnson: “He will go to jail tonight.” The exchange escalated. Colbert said her husband was treated like an N, and Ashid apparently misunderstood And think that racial insult is being put on him. Although there was no exchange of blows, the confrontation began to become physical and eventually broke down after about 10 minutes.
“He is worried about his life,” Colbert said of Johnson’s response to the threat of police intervention. “I don’t know how the officer will feel, and because of his size, they may automatically feel threatened. He was terrified. After we left in the car, my chest was injured. It was crazy. I used to I have never felt that way.”
When arriving at the review location by phone, Arshid told Eater that he had apologized to the couple via text messages and phone calls because of his behavior in the transaction and the restaurant’s mishandling of the situation.
“We should never be in contact with each other. I am ashamed of this. As a restaurant, we should have worsened the situation,” Arshid said. “I don’t know that woman [at the bar] Whether to wear sports shoes, but this is a 100% operational failure for us and me. When I am engaged, I should investigate this. Maybe I should go in and take a look, and then come out and say: “Sir, you are right.”
Colbert said that she and Johnson “did not accept any apology from him. We don’t think he is real.”
Restaurants across the country have recently come under fire for their dress code. In Baltimore last year, Atlas Restaurant Group filed a strong online objection because its dress code has been posted to the outside of its new Baltimore event venue Choptank, which lists “overly loose clothing.” Beanie hats”, “backwards or sideways hats” and jerseys, other items are prohibited. The Chicago bar “Blonde in a bottle” faced similar anger in its 2017 dress code, calling for “not overuse of Baggie” [sic], Loose, damaged, dirty, worn, overly flashy or bright clothes”; “no pure white T-shirts, long T-shirts, denim, flannel (not even on the waist of a person)”; and “no gangs Costume…no disguise. “
When asked if he thinks the dress code itself is discriminatory, Arshid, who is also the co-owner of Buckhead bar Himitsu next door to Umi, said that he plans to ban sports shoes as part of Umi’s dress code, but may not formulate any further policy. Variety.
“I am also the person in charge of sports shoes. I come from music, fashion and art.” He said. “Therefore, we constantly change the artwork, chandeliers and designs at Umi to enhance our atmosphere. Dinner is still a theater, and I still believe that every occasion and every place has a specific type of dress.”
He said that he hopes to make the right choice for Colbert and Johnson and is willing to continue the conversation with the couple.
“Of course, the owners can make their own rules and decide how to operate the restaurant,” Colbert said. “However, if you do not intend to enforce these rules for everyone, then yes, at that time, it really became a discriminatory practice.”