Bar’s dress code stirs racism allegations

What comes to your mind when you read this description of articles of clothing, now banned at a Minneapolis bar?

– Flat-billed hats
– Large chains
– Sleeveless under shirts
– Long white T-shirts
– Athletic apparel
– Sports jerseys without collars
– Excessively baggy clothing

“You might as well say, ‘No black folks allowed,'” Michelle Horovitz tells Fox9 News. “It’s ridiculous.”

“If you do not want African Americans to frequent your establishment, then maybe you should just say that and not just break it down to the dress code,” Imani Vincent added.

Bar Louie’s Minneapolis manager told the station the edict was handed down by the corporate office.

Patrons said another company location — Minnetonka — does not carry the same notice that the Uptown location does.

(h/t: Curtis Gilbert)

  • “Patrons said another company location — Minnetonka — does not carry the same notice that the Uptown location does.”

    This is telling.

    Perhaps all those clad in the “undesirable” attire should frequent the Minnetonka location?

  • Joe

    At least a couple of those make sense, sleeveless undershirts are pretty much a given unless it’s a gay bar or something, although the gays usually chruch it up with a better tank not designed to be an undershirt but rather more like summer beachwear. Baggy clothing is also terrible, I think every race can agree on that. The rest probably have racist undertones though.

    • DavidG

      But how do you define “baggy”? Are relaxed fit jeans ok? Or do only Skinny jeans meet muster?

      • Joe

        How do you define anything in our post-post-modern world, really?

  • jon

    Maybe they weren’t trying to discriminate against blacks… maybe they were trying to keep white rappers out of their establishment.

    • Joe

      Nonsense! Why are you stereotyping rappers? It would be much easier to put up the pictures of all four of them for the bouncers to recognize on entry.

      • jon

        That’d only take care of the 4 that managed to be popular enough that you know about them… the posers would still be making it through the screening process.

        I suppose you could have bouncers asking people to “bust a rhyme” before entering, but the turn over rate for bouncers you ask to do that is going to be extremely high.

  • Dave S.

    By saying, “You might as well say, ‘No black folks allowed,’” isn’t that applying a stereotype that all black folks wear that type of attire?

    I have no idea how classy an establishment Bar Louie is, but I can see proscribing most of those articles of clothing in order to maintain a certain level of decorum.

    • Joe

      White folks like L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer, what’s your point? We should never talk about race and racism? Notice how the list doesn’t include popped collars to keep out white “undesirables.”

  • Joey

    The uptown location is a crap and so are its usual patrons, (e.g., all of the douche-y and naive young “professionals” and bros who live in the surrounding condos. If they want to cater to those coddled types with thin skin, that’s unfortunate. Uptown has quickly become an insular, high-end wasteland with minimal culture. I’d rather spend my money at higher quality and more welcoming establishments along Lyndale and Nicollet… while they still exist.

  • Ralphy

    Does this dress code apply to males and females? Or are there different dress codes for each gender?