Le Bilboquet apologized to Dominique Wilkins after the NBA legend accused the Atlanta restaurant of prejudice, saying he was refused to eat there.
The restaurant issued a statement on Sunday apologizing for “any confusion” related to the dress code.
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“We at Le Bilboquet do our best to welcome all of our customers. However, we have received constant complaints from our customers regarding the wardrobe choices of other customers, ”the restaurant said. “As a result, to protect the culture of our restaurant, we have installed a minimum standard in our ‘casual’ dress code, which includes jeans and sneakers, but prohibits baseball caps and athletic wear, including pants. tracksuit and tops. Although the definition of the term “casual” is constantly evolving, we strive to maintain our political demands on a daily basis, but it is not a perfect system. “
Wilkins made the allegation in a tweet on Saturday.
“In my many years around the world, I have eaten in some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but I have never felt prejudiced or turned away because of the color of my skin, until today. hui in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl # turned around because he was black, ”he wrote.
Wilkins also responded to questions he was asked about his claim.
“First they said there were no tables, then I said I wasn’t dressed in proper fashion. And I always check if they need reservations. Thank you very much, ”he wrote in a response.
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In another, he added: “When I first arrived they said there were no tables, then they said I was not dressed fashionably enough. Guess if there weren’t any tables then why the follow up comment? “
He told CBS46 he was wearing “casual pants” with a “nice shirt and sneakers”. He said as soon as he got up that a worker was looking him up and down. He also claimed to see people wearing “shorts, sneakers and shirts”.
The restaurant’s general manager, Mark Hoefer, told CBS46 he wanted to make things right and insisted that racism was not a factor.
“He was turned down because he didn’t respect our dress code, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin,” he told the station, adding that the restaurant had no problem with shorts or jeans but sports clothes and sweatpants are not allowed.
“He was wearing sweatpants, and we were consistent with our policy, if we had let him down because of his celebrity status, we would have discriminated against everyone we turned down, based on that same policy. . “
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Wilkins is a Basketball Hall of Fame member and nine-time All-Star who spent over 11 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He is considered one of the greatest players in franchise history alongside Bob Petit and Cliff Hagan.
Dan Canova of Fox News contributed to this report.