Leatherhead restaurant Beluga apologises over ‘offensive’ dress codeon February 10, 2022 at 11:31 am

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A restaurant says it mistakenly published a dress code specifying women had to wear “sexy” clothing.

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A sushi restaurant, due to open for the first time on Friday, has apologised after “mistakenly” publishing a dress code which specified women had to wear “sexy” clothing to gain entry.

Beluga in Leatherhead, Surrey, said on its website that women could wear “sexy black ankle-strap heels with a form-fitting top”, or could opt for “skinny jeans” or “midi or bodycon dresses”.

Men were told not to wear tracksuits.

In a post on Instagram the restaurant offered its “sincere apologies”.

It said: “The description was inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and does not reflect the image we’re seeking to promote.

“We wish to clarify that our policy is a smart dress code for men and women.”

‘Party like it’s 1959’

The dress code has drawn a negative reaction from the public ahead of the restaurant’s opening.

On its Facebook page people said the dress code was “disgusting”, “sexist” and “gross”.

One commenter wrote: “Congrats on doing such a terrible job before you even open.”

“It’s fine, I guess. If you wanna party like it’s 1959,” another post said.

Beluga apology on Instagram

Image source, Beluga/Instagram

Another person asked: “What self-respecting woman would ever want to set foot in your restaurant?” 

Reacting to the story on Reddit, users called it “stale”, “out of touch” and “cringe”.

One person wrote: “Because what are women but faceless objects for filling out your aesthetic?”

While another Redditor observed that the dress code was “written like Jay off the Inbetweeners opened a night club.”

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