A Detroit restaurant sparked an online backlash this week after posting an ad about its dress code policy, which included telling customers they “smell like marijuana ”so as not to“ even think about entering ”.
Caucus Club Detroit on a Tuesday facebook post wrote that “Business Casual is the minimum dress code that must be adhered to while dining” in the restaurant.
“Seriously, people, hoodies and T-shirts are not business clothes,” the upscale restaurant noted, adding that “baseball caps” and “sneakers” would also not be considered appropriate.
“The most important thing is that if you smell marijuana, don’t even think about entering the Caucus Club,” the publication added. “Please note that strong ‘odors’ are unacceptable.”
The owner of the restaurant, George Sboukis told local Fox affiliate station WJBK that the post was prompted by customers who showed up at the fine dining establishment in more relaxed dresses during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as complaints from some customers that other guests smelled of marijuana.
“It’s so spicy, some of the guests have commented, ‘It smells like you’re sitting next to a dead skunk,'” he told the local news outlet.
He added that those who come to the restaurant must also be prepared to adhere to his dress guidelines.
“We have had people celebrating their 50 years [anniversary] last week, the week before. They are getting dressed, they are putting on an evening dress, their earrings, their best suit, ”Sboukis explained. “They come to celebrate and expect to be surrounded by like-minded guests.”
While some Facebook users expressed support for the restaurant’s post, one person commented, “just because it’s [marijuana] it’s legal … you don’t have to flaunt it, ”others claimed the guidelines were racist.
“This is coded language for racism and will likely be used as a tool to prevent Black and POC Detroiter’s from eating here, ”wrote one person. “Horrible decision to do such a position. He has lost so much business from such an ‘exclusive’ restaurant that he would think a publication like this would have been given more thought.
Sboukis, however, told WJBK that he was “not meant to do any harm,” adding that the Facebook post “was a spicy reminder just to get people’s attention.”
In Michigan, recreational marijuana use is legal for all adults 21 and older, although state law prohibits smoking in public spaces, and residents are encouraged to limit use to their homes or other private areas.