Remember when restaurants used to put up signs that said ‘No shoes, no shirt, no service’? One restaurant has updated the sentiment for the modern age, and it’s gotten a lot of attention.
Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina has gotten more attention over a recent sign they hung in the window than they have ever gotten before. Photos of the sign have gone viral on social media. While some people criticize the sign, other restaurant owners are wondering why they never thought of it before.
The sign reads, “Take your hoodie down. Pull your pants up. Finish your phone conversation. Marijuana smell not allowed. We will be glad to assist you.”
Martin Tanaka, owner of the establishment, said that the overall reaction to the sign has been positive. “It’s actually the best response we’ve ever had,” Tanaka told WSOC-TV. “More people think that more places should do it.
Tanaka claims that since the hibachi restaurant requires customers sit at tables with strangers, the sign makes sure everyone is treated with respect so they can enjoy the dining experience.
“Our regular customers are families, and we count on a lot of small children to come to this restaurant,” said Tanaka, who thinks that society is ‘falling behind’ on respect.
The marijuana line was actually a later edition, Tanaka admits, after some customers began complaining about the odor.
The sign has raised some eyebrows. At least one anonymous neighbor questions the sign’s purpose. “It looks like they are trying to say something about some kind of race,” he said.
Tanaka insists that people of all races are welcome, and people of any race would be turned away if they didn’t follow the rules.
It’s good to know—droopy drawers are not a desirable view when dining out.