In North Charlotte, North Carolina, one Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is taking a stance. The owner perceived some unsettling issues occurring at the ole steak house, and they saw only one option available to them to rectify the problem.
This Kabuto has railed against hoodies…and weed.
For several years, franchise owner Martin Tanaka has displayed a small sign in his restaurant, a warning to all those who enter. In 2016, he decided to more prominently display his message, by increasing the sign in size and placing it in the window right next to the eatery’s front door.
Mr. Tanaka minces no words when it comes to the rules of his restaurant. Atlanta PR professional Angela Hong shared this snap on her Twitter account when she saw the sign.
The sign has a few, succinct, key points.
- Take your hoodie down,
- Pull your pants up,
- Finish your phone conversation,
- And don’t smell like weed.
So, what is a chatty stoner on the phone wearing a hoodie and loose pants to do?
Martin Tanaka says there is a place for hoodies, cellphones and marijuana smoking – but that place is not his Japanese SteakHouse.
“Our regular customers are families, and we count on a lot of small children to come to this restaurant.”
While some of the public featured on the WSOC9 news story detailing the Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse sign thought Tanaka was well within his rights (and right mind) to put up such rules, others felt the move was more racially driven than anything else.
Regardless of supporters or naysayers and their opinions, Tanaka maintains that in a hibachi style restaurant with seating that will often put patrons next to complete strangers, there is a level of respect that must be maintained. It is hard to argue with as a sentiment.
But, it also requires someone who works at the restaurant to determine whether or not you smell like marijuana, which really is relative. We are all expected to be subjected to the sniffer at the door, or do they just sniff people that look…suspicious? This rule seems like something hauty folks can use against younger folks at the steak house, like, “Excuse me sir, those youths smell like cannabis sativa. Please remove them, the heathens.”
We think the Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on at 1001 East W.T. Harris Blvd in Charlotte, NC absolutely does have the right to require dress codes and…smell codes? You know those signs some businesses display, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” right? Well, it is because businesses CAN refuse service to people, on their own discretion for the most part. They could just not like the way you talk and refuse your business. It IS allowed.
However, it is also allowed to SKIP going to this particular establishment if you do not agree with their policies. They probably won’t lose sleep over it, but at least you can get high before you go eat a delicious steak without fear of getting kicked out because you smell funny.