Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Ouzo Bay, has apologized for denying service to Marcia Grant and her son, Dallas.
Atlas Restaurant Group apologizes for denying service to a black patron and her son in Ouzo Bay, a top bistro in Baltimore. The video of the meeting between the mother and the restaurant manager went viral over the weekend, leading to an immediate apology.
A stunning stance
Marcia Grant and her son, Dallas, a black family, tried to eat in Ouzo Bay on Monday night. But the restaurant has a dress code that bans athletic clothing from the dining room.
Accordingly, when Mrs Grant requested a table, a restaurant employee insisted that Dallas could not enter because of her decor.
While a dress code is questionable on its own, the house enforced the rules at random. Within Ms Grant’s eyeshot, a white child was eating with his family, wearing a nearly-identical outfit as Dallas.
But even after Ms Grant pointed this out, the employee would not budge.
Within days, the story went viral on Reddit and Instagram.
Atlas Restaurant Group apologizes
Now, Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Ouzo Bay in Baltimore, apologizes to the family. They posted the following statement to Twitter:
“Today, we learned of an incredibly disturbing incident at our restaurants in Ouzo Bay, Baltimore. We apologize to Marcia Grant, her son and everyone affected by this painful incident. This situation does not indicate who or what we stand for as Atlas. “
On Monday, the company said the video made them “sick.” “The dress codes at Atlas Property are a result of continued input from customers,” the company said, “and they do not want to be discriminated against in any way.
The company has placed the hostile manager out of the video on “indefinite leave.”