A couple is calling out an Atlanta-based restaurant Umi Sushi after they were told to leave for allegedly breaking the dress code.
According to an Instagram post made by Kaylan Colbert. Colbert and her husband were going out to dinner for her birthday when they were asked to leave over her husband’s wardrobe.
The husband, who is Black, was wearing black pants, a beige sweater along with white Air Force 1s.
Wearing tennis shoes is allegedly against the restaurant’s dress code, however, a white customer, who was served respectfully was not asked to leave for wearing her Adidas.
“We’re being kicked out because he’s wearing tennis shoes,” says the woman recording the incident, who added that they were set up with a 5:15 p.m. reservation. As one of the workers tries to move the couple outside, the man can be heard telling one of the employees, “She’s got on Adidas.” The employee, who appears to be Asian, responds, “I’m more than happy to help you outside,” but the man interjects and says, “She has on Adidas.” The woman then chimes in and says, “We can leave at this point.” The woman adds that the restaurant has apparently just created this “new rule” about shoes.
Later in the video, the man insists that the employee looks at the other customer that has on tennis shoes. The employee can then be heard saying,
“I get what you’re saying. I get where you’re coming from, but, please we’re all minorities, here.” The man responds, “Y’all are not treating me like y’all are a part of me…white lady has on Adidas, I have on Nikes, you tell me I can’t sit down. That’s not right.”
Eventually, a non-Black bystander, who called himself the owner, gets involved and starts criticizing the Black couple for speaking up about the injustice.
The man then threatens the Black man by saying that “he’s going to go to jail tonight.”
The two go back and forth but then Colbert’s husband explains to the so-called owner what happened, the owner then says, “You’re the problem because you’re creating this problem…I’m not letting Air Force 1s in my establishment, done.”
The two end up going back and forth for some time and then the husband eventually walks away. While the woman is recording, others voice that they are also recording the situation. The story is still developing.
Umi Sushi is located in the residential district of Buckhead in Atlanta. The incident is currently cycling around online, garnering thousands of views.