A St. Louis restaurant sparked a massive backlash after enacting a long list of new rules, including “no hoodies,” “sagging pants” and “sleeveless tank tops for men” — despite its own staff being scantily clad in tiny uniforms.
Social Bar and Grill Soulard Restaurant, located in downtown St. Louis, Mo., posted its new policy in the bar window and on an easel at the host stand earlier this month.
Under the new dress code, masks, hoodies, saggy pants, backpacks, sleeveless men’s tank tops and overly revealing outfits are now prohibited in the establishment.
The bar gave few details about the reason for the new rules and simply said: “in an effort to provide an enjoyable experience for other diners and staff, we ask that you respect our policies.”
They ended the letter by stating that “everyone is welcome,” but also added, “we reserve the right to refuse service.” Our house. Our rules.
Many customers were furious, saying the rules were hypocritical. More than 600 people expressed their anguish on Reddit.
Some claimed the rules were racist or anti-LGBTQ, while others seemed amused as they asked if this was the same establishment that once had its servers dress topless and adorned in body paint.
In response to these rules, someone wrote: “F*** this place!” Implicit racism and right-wing bullshit***.
Another said: “No revealing outfits…” of where their female staff PAINT their torsos. »
Pictured: the dress code and dining policy that Social Bar & Grill Soulard has passed on to its customers. The poster is displayed outside the bar window and on an easel at the reception stand.
A recent post of some waiters dressed in white while holding alcohol
Soulard Social Bar & Grill is located in downtown St. Louis
The bar’s new dining policy states that customers are no longer allowed to return their food and request a refund. Customers also need to be specific about their food temperatures when placing an order.
Regarding tipping, a 20% gratuity will automatically be added to bills for customers who do not tip and for customers paying with a credit card, any order over $25 must show ID valid.
The property noted that it has a zero smoking policy, stating: “Guests who emit marijuana odors, vape indoors, or demonstrate loud and disrespectful behavior will be asked to leave.”
One Reddit user said: “Long list of arbitrary rules, like we’re back in middle school. »
“If I had to read a whole page of rules for going to a restaurant, I would just choose another restaurant,” said another.
While others wondered if they were being targeted by “the rules”.
“It’s a thinly veiled ‘no LGBT allowed’.”
“Yeah, that would immediately tell me to leave,” said another Reddit user.
Pictured: Waiters at the St. Louis bar where the girls wear body paint on their torsos and are scantily clad
Waiters pose for a photo with the caption “Check out our painting” at the St. Louis bar
The restaurant has been around for 40 years with locations in St. Louis, the Ozarks and Detroit, according to the company’s website.
One commenter was so flabbergasted that they wrote: “Not only is this an incredibly lazy and obnoxious way to handle the issue, but it also generalizes a wide range of potential customers who legitimately want to enjoy your food and atmosphere .
“Someone mentioned possible racism, and I don’t think I’d jump on that, although they’re certainly not doing themselves any favors when it comes to this denial based on their rules.”
One angry reader joked: “Ridiculous rules that reek of hostility not hospitality. »
According to their website, the restaurant has been around for 40 years with locations in St. Louis, the Ozarks and Detroit.
“Above all, we love good food and good company. And our loyal customers will tell you that we know how to do things right,” we can read on the site.
“As part of the Social restaurant group, we take food seriously at Social Bar & Grill Soulard. We always favor handmade over frozen and we follow our own family traditions when it comes to bringing food to the table.
“Come join the family, we’ll bring the high-quality “Sunday Dinner” dishes we’ve been serving to our own table for generations. We’re glad you’re here and invite you to come back any day of the week to eat, drink and socialize.
In 2016, the restaurant posted a series of tweets about X, formerly Twitter, describing itself as a “Social House for Exceptional Cuisine!” The sexiest staff in Soulard! We are ideal for lunch, happy hours, live bands and nightlife! ‘
One of the posts shows a photo of a brunette waitress wearing black body paint on her torso with the caption: “Social Tacos and ta-tas…Is there a better pair?” Join us every Thursday for $1 tacos and $3 margaritas and coronas.
Another tweet shows another scantily clad woman: “I love our girls’ body paint!? Find out how you can have fun dining at Social House.
Social Bar and Grill Soulard did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.