Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she was denied service for leggings

Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called Capital Grille after saying she was turned away from the restaurant for wearing leggings.

“I just got turned down from @CapitalGrille at Perimeter Mall because I have leggings on,” she said. tweeted Friday.

When someone pointed out the establishment had a dress code, Bottoms said it was ‘odd’ that the restaurant doesn’t allow what she calls mall attire when they’re centrally located. commercial.

“I was asked if I could sit in the bar and was told ‘no’. Rules are rules, I’m just wondering if the woman who walked in immediately after me, which I didn’t didn’t see out, was also denied service,” she wrote.

The restaurant’s website states that “for the comfort of all customers and to better deliver on our promise of a fine dining atmosphere, proper dress is required”. Clothing such as sportswear, tank tops, sweatpants, hats and items “with offensive language” are not permitted, according to the website.

However, social media users were quick to point out that the rules were not always followed and posted photos of mostly white patrons dining at Capital Grille while wearing one of the prohibited items of clothing.

“Atlanta’s BLACK Democrat Mayor (my friend) Keisha Lance Bottoms has been denied service at @CapitalGrille. But WHITE Folk in Gym apparel and t-shirts fit great at Capital grille,” tweeted the actor Daniel Newman.

The actor, who is white, went on to say that he had dined at the restaurant on several occasions while wearing a tank top, t-shirt or athletic shorts.

“I never had a problem getting a seat, I guess my clothes looked whiter,” he said.

Bottoms, who is black, took office in 2018 but announced in 2021 that she would not run again. She has since joined CNN as a political commentator.

Capital Grille did not comment publicly and did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.

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