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.


Restaurant owner Martin Tanaka argues that not everyone is into the disgruntled stoner look. He tells WSOC,

“Our regular customers are families, and we count on a lot of small children to come to this restaurant. I believe our society is lacking on respect, and I think we’re falling behind on it.”


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.


[via WSOC]