Former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called Capital Grille after she said she was turned away from the restaurant for wearing leggings.
“I just got turned away by @CapitalGrille at Perimeter Mall because I was wearing leggings,” she tweeted Friday.
When someone pointed out that the establishment had a dress code, Bottoms said it was “odd” that the restaurant wouldn’t allow what she called shopping outfits when they were located at the mall.
“When asked if I could sit in the bar area and was told: ‘No. ” ” she writes.
On the restaurant’s website, it states that “to make all diners comfortable and better deliver on our promise of a sophisticated atmosphere, appropriate dressing is required.” The website says it doesn’t allow clothing such as gym wear, tank tops, tights, hats and items with “offensive language”.
However, social media users were quick to comment that the rules weren’t always being followed and posted photos of mostly white diners dining at the Capital Grille while wearing one of the prohibited items of clothing.
“Black Democratic Mayor of Atlanta (My Friend) Keisha Lance Bottoms was denied service at @CapitalGrille. But WHITE Folk clothes and t-shirts in the gym are perfectly fine at Capital mesh,” the actor said. member Daniel Newman tweeted.
The white actor continued to say that he has eaten at the restaurant many times while wearing a shirt, t-shirt or gym shorts.
“Never had a problem finding a seat, I guess my clothes look whiter,” he said.
Bottoms, who is black, entered the office in 2018 but announced in 2021 that she will not run for re-election. She joined CNN as a political commentator.
Capital Grille did not comment publicly and did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.