Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Turkey Leg Hut in Houston, Texas, unveiled its new dress code. The restaurant’s policy forbids several clothing styles that are popular among Black culture. In response to the updated dress code, flocks of critics bombarded the Houston restaurant for a “racist” dress code policy that targeted Black customers with stricter policies above all others in the Houston area.

The restaurant has become a successful establishment in the Houston area because it offers a unique take on turkey leg dishes, including one with crawfish macaroni and cheese. The establishment also offers music and hookah for customers in addition to their hearty meals. And while the establishment may be fun for guests, some people have found their updated dress code policy to be a slap in the face to the Black community.

The Houston restaurant advertised their new dress code policy via their social media channel on the Friday ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The new dress code forbids customers from wearing “excessively revealing clothing” as well as baggy clothes, swimsuits, or showing up to eat at the establishment wearing “house attire.”

The post’s caption stated: “Please know that we are a family-friendly restaurant that serves all ages from children to adults daily, and putting this dress code in place was necessary to ensure that all parties from our guests to our staff are dressed appropriately when in our establishment.”

The caption continued: “Unfortunately, due to the attire of some guests, we are forced to put this new policy in place as we remain committed to ensuring all guests are comfortable while visiting us. We are not a club; we are a family-friendly restaurant and will continue to maintain our standards as we welcome everyone to the Turkey Leg Hut! We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to having you visit us!”

In a statement to KHOU 11, the owner of the restaurant, Nakia Price, doubled down on the decision to enforce the dress code: “At the Turkey Leg Hut, we do our best to accommodate all of our guests. It’s unfortunate that we even have to address this or implement a dress code, but we are a family-friendly restaurant that serves all ages, from children to adults. Unfortunately, we have received complaints from our patrons regarding other guest’s wardrobe choices. In order to try and ensure all guests are comfortable while visiting us, we were forced to put a new dress code policy in place.

“Our dress code policy is not meant to target or offend anyone but rather provide our guests with an acceptable clothing guide so that all guests and staff will feel comfortable in our establishment,” the statement continued. “The Turkey Leg Hut has been, and always will be, a restaurant of inclusivity for all, and we will continue to take into consideration the input of all patrons to provide a safe, comfortable and healthy environment for our community and guests.”

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