A freshly enforced dress code at Houston’s popular Turkey Leg Hut restaurant drew both praise and angry reactions.
The restaurant announced the policy on Friday, explaining that the restaurant was “not a club.” Turkey Leg Hut said “the dress of some guests” forced the “family restaurant” to put the restrictions in place. Under the new rules, customers are not allowed to wear “overly revealing clothing”, including swimsuits or clothing revealing underwear.
In Facebook and Instagram posts about the changes, Turkey Leg Hut explained that “the shorts should cover your entire butt.” The restaurant has also banned clothing that includes “inappropriate graphics or language,” excessively baggy or loose pants, and “house wear,” including “wave caps, du-rags, house shoes or shower caps “.
Some restaurant patrons said they were grateful for the new dress code on social media.
“People across the country are talking about The Turkey Leg Hut,” tweeted Erica Simon, news anchor at Houston ABC’s KTRK station. “They have a new dress code policy, and personally I have no problem. I was there last week. I get the vibrations, but I don’t want to see your behind or your house shoes.”
“About the weather!” Facebook user Frachelle Edolia commented on the post announcing the policy. “I appreciate that you all took a stand … I was embarrassed to recommend the place to my colleagues because it was so outrageous the last time I was there.”
“I was wondering if there was a connection to a strip club,” added Edolia. “No shade for the strippers, but if it isn’t the establishment that I came to visit with my child, or other professionals, you shouldn’t have to explain the vulgarity.”
Others accused the occupied black-owned establishment of being “anti-black”. The restaurant is located in Houston’s predominantly Black Third Ward neighborhood and quickly became one of the area’s top dining attractions after opening in 2016.
“Who got so cute to go to the turkey thigh lodge?” Twitter user @ Keira_J94 tweeted. “This anti black as hell.”
“I’ve never been to Turkey Leg Hut and never will be,” @TaliaMirai tweeted. “How are you going to be a BLACK establishment in the middle of a historically BLACK Houston neighborhood with an internalized anti-black and racist dress code policy for a joint that sells overly choked turkey thighs?”
Many responded by mocking the dress code, with some posts featuring photos of people dressed in overly formal outfits as well as suggestions they were heading to Turkey Leg Hut.
“I have nothing to say about Turkey Leg Hut’s dress code policy, but I am interested in going to any restaurant that is dedicated to only one part of an animal’s body and I will dress as they do. say to enter, ”writer Caissie St. Onge tweeted. “If International House of Pork Belly says to wear lingerie, I do!”
Turkey Leg Hut owner Nakia Price responded to some of the criticisms in a statement on Saturday, insisting that complaints about the clothing had “forced” the restaurant to adopt the policy. Price stressed that the dress code was “not intended to target or offend anyone”.
“It’s unfortunate that we even have to fix this or implement a dress code, but we’re a family-run restaurant that serves all ages, from kids to adults,” Price said. “Unfortunately, we have received complaints from our customers regarding the wardrobe choices of other customers.”
“The Turkey Leg Hut has been and always will be an inclusive restaurant for all and we will continue to consider the contribution of all guests to provide a safe, comfortable and healthy environment for our community and our guests,” added Price. .
News week contacted Turkey Leg Hut for further comment.