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The growing controversy involving a new restaurant in Center City has many in the city talking. The upscale chain is facing major criticism of over-restrictive policies some are calling discriminatory.
- Now to the controversy involving a new restaurant in Center City. The upscale chain is facing major criticism over restrictive policies some are calling discriminatory. Alicia Vitarelli joining us now in studio to explain. Alicia.
ALICIA VITARELLI: All right. Sarah, let's start with the recently added $100 food and beverage minimum at Steak 48. It's an upscale steakhouse and that $100 per person doesn't include tax and tip. Twitter is in an uproar with comments ranging from offense to well of course, some pretty humorous ones. And they're going viral such as, quote they" said no brokies, no more appetizer dates, and step photos". They have nice stairs there if you've been.
Add to that a newly rolled out dress code and the list is long. Here are some highlights. No casual wear, women with excessive cleavage, exposed undergarments, hats, bandannas as headwear, hooded sweatshirt, bare midriffs, and quote clothing emitting offensive odors such as excessive perfume, cologne, tobacco, and/or marijuana. So social media erupting with laughter with memes like this is the dress code for Steak 48. But more seriously others say Steak 48 is apparently making it clear it doesn't want a quote particular crowd dining with them. And some are taking this as both or either an ethnic and/or economic slight. A lot of people feeling very offended by this.
Steak 48 opened during the pandemic back in September. It was forced to shut down in the fall and winter with rising COVID numbers. And it didn't open up again until the end of January. It's a chain with four other locations, including Houston and Chicago. And the company says these new rules and regulations apply to all properties, not just Philadelphia. The company also issued a statement saying like many restaurants in our industry, we've had to make some updates to our policies like the $100 per person minimum in order to support our staff and restaurant's operations. This story has people talking all over, not just here in Philadelphia.
- Which perhaps may have been part of their objective.
ALICIA VITARELLI: And we'll see.