Two Ouzo Bay Managers No Longer With Restaurant After Black Boy Denied Service Over Alleged Dress Code Violation
by Ava-joye Burnett
Published June 23 in WJZ CBS13
Excerpt: Two managers at the Ouzo Bay restaurant in Baltimore are no longer with the company following the latest dress code controversy involving an Atlas Restaurant Group restaurant.
On Monday, Atlas Restaurant Group issued an apology after a video surfaced of a manager telling a woman and her son they couldn’t dine at the restaurant because the boy was wearing athletic shorts. In the video, the boy’s mother asked multiple times why her son, who is Black, was being turned away when another boy, who is white and was dressed similarly, had been able to dine there.
Since then, the restaurant group has said two managers “have been separated from and are no longer with the organization.”
The dress code has also been changed to exclude any requirements for children 12 or younger, and the restaurant group plans to form an advisory board to address corporate social responsibility.
In a statement, Atlas said “We stand against all forms of racism and believe Black lives matter.”
See also: Christina Tkacik’s November 2019 review of The Choptank, another Atlas Restaurant, which according to the author “declined to allow one of the Sun’s trained photographers in to take pictures of the food” because of the Baltimore Sun’s previous coverage of the restaurant’s racist dress code.