Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Friday (April 15) said she was denied service at a popular eatery because, well, she was dressed inappropriately, specifically, sporting leggings, according to a tweet.
“I was just turned away at @CapitalGrille at Perimeter Mall because I have on leggings," the CNN commentator posted at 3:30 pm after trying to dine at the Capital Grille at Perimeter Mall.
In a separate tweet, she noted that it was “odd that a restaurant in a mall parking lot turns away customers in ‘mall’ attire.” She asked to sit in the bar area, but was told, “no,” rules are the rules. She then observed another woman enter the restaurant without an issue. She did not say how the other woman was dressed
A Twitter commenter pointed out that the restaurant does have a dress code. Indeed, Capital Grille's website contains a "polite notice" about its dress code.
"For the comfort of all guests and to better deliver on our promise of a refined atmosphere, proper dress is required. Thank you for not wearing: gym attire, sweatpants, tank tops, hats, clothing with offensive language or images, exposed undergarments," the notice says.
It's important to note that leggings, which were not specifically mentioned in the “polite notice,” have become a staple of most women’s attire as the country emerges from the pandemic, and they can be dressed up or down. So we might need more details about the style of leggings before deciding the issue. Let us know your thoughts on social.
Bottoms entered office in Jan. 2018, announcing in May 2021 that she would not be seeking re-election. Shortly after the end of her term, she announced that she’d been hired as a political commentator for CNN.