Houston’s popular restaurant, Turkey Leg Hut, released a new dress code on Friday that banned “wave caps,” “du-rags,” “drop pants” and other clothing, and people didn’t. not.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the restaurant released the initial version of its new code, which encountered such a backlash on multiple social media platforms that it had to upload a revised version and disable comment sections from multiple Instagram posts. .
“A place called Turkey Leg Hut posted this dress code on their Instagram page. I’ve attended weddings with more casual dress codes, ”said Twitter user @TheRealHoarse, who posted a screenshot of the original policy.
In the revised version, the Houston restaurant removed a clause dictating that “all parts of the body must be completely covered,” including “the cleavage, thighs and buttocks,” where they added: “the only thing naked here is the turkey thighs and the chicken wings.
All other policies remain the same, including the prohibition on swimwear, “obscene language” or graphics on clothing, “excessively loose pants”, “exposed underwear” such as bras or sports pants and “house outfits” such as caps, du-rags, and beanies.
“We are not a club, we are a family restaurant,” Turkey Leg Hut management wrote in the caption of an Instagram post detailing the updated code. “Having this dress code in place was necessary to ensure that all parties, from our guests to our staff, were dressed appropriately at our facility. “
Shortly after the internet got wind of the restaurant’s policies, Twitter erupted with memes satirizing the code by posting photos of people dressed in 7-piece costumes and traditional Victorian attire, suggesting that this is how the restaurant is. expects her clients to dress.
“Imagine putting on your best Sunday for a place called Turkey Leg Hut. LMFAOOOOOOO ‘, wrote Twitter user @iam_blackgold.
“Dress up for Oscar worth to eat at a place called ‘Turkey Leg Hut’ that serves food you eat by hand…”, wrote Twitter user @JahInTheMiddle.
Although the restaurant is black-owned, many people have also commented on the “anti-blackness” inherent in the new policies, even alleging that the establishment is “getting bourgeois.”
“Our own ppl is anti-black. the line on the outside should be wrapped twice in the heat of texas. on top of that it’s right in 3RD WARD .. you called the “turkey leg hut” & in the middle of the hood & serve up finger foods & want a strict dress code? BYEE ”, @Zoie_Zhane tweeted.
“Turkey Leg Hut was gentrifying and forgetting who put them on the map. People start to do and act weird. They followed the follow-up and posted a new dress code because people were fed up ”, wrote @Jayintee_.
“I have never been to the Turkey Leg Hut and I never will be. How are you going to be a BLACK establishment in the middle of a historically BLACK neighborhood of Houston with an internalized anti-black and racist dress code policy for a joint that sells overly choked turkey thighs? ” wrote @TaliaMirai.
The new policies do not remain unenforced. Twitter user @CaramulGoddess claimed in a Publish that she was “refused entry to Turkey Leg Hut” on June 24 because her top showed “excessive cleavage”.
Despite the negative attention, the Houston restaurant posted a video on Instagram on Saturday morning that appeared to show a long line of patrons waiting in tents in the rain three hours before opening.
The caption read, “Let’s start this dress code lol… I mean this beautiful Saturday going… rain and all we rock… I thought an enemy said something… we all love you.”
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