We’ve all seen a “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” sign, but one North Carolina Japanese restaurant is taking its requirements for patrons to the next level. Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar posted a very blunt sign requesting that diners “take [their] hoodie down, pull [their] pants up, finish phone conversations,” and not reek of marijuana.
— Angela Hong (@AngelaWSOC9) March 2, 2016
Restaurant owner Martin Tanaka argues that not everyone is into the disgruntled stoner look. He tells WSOC,
WSOC notes that the sign has been up for three years, but since the restaurant made the sign bigger and more prominent, people have been taking note. Some have taken offense to the sign, thinking that Tanaka is trying to ban a certain race from his restaurant. Tanaka explains it has nothing to do with race; instead, he claims that customers have complained about diners who distinctly smelled of marijuana, but those customers were “too shy to confront the patrons,” according to WSOC.
One Twitter user notes that Kabuto’s sign might end up limiting the amount of customers coming into the restaurant. After all, people who reek of marijuana might be likely to purchase more food.
@wsbtv “No marijuana smell.” They are turning away people with the munchies.
— Matt West (@TomahawkWest) March 2, 2016