Posted on July 9, 2014

Bar Louie’s Dress Code Policy Denounced as ‘Overtly Racist’

Iris Perez, Fox 9 (Minneapolis-St. Paul), July 7, 2014

A Minneapolis woman says a sign she found outside Bar Louie in Uptown was shocking, and she’s not shy about speaking out on the controversial dress code that has many saying they’ll no longer spend money there.

“It’s the new Jim Crow being enforced in a colorblind way,” Michelle Horovitz told Fox 9 News.

Bar Louie is now enforcing a strict dress code that is enforced every Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to close and bars the following items:

– Flat-billed hats
– Large chains
– Sleeveless under shirts
– Long white T-shirts
– Athletic apparel
– Sports jerseys without collars
– Excessively baggy clothing


Horovitz considers the dress code to be both appalling and racist.

“You might as well say, ‘No black folks allowed,'” she said. “It’s ridiculous.”

She’s not the only one who is disgusted by the dress code either. Sean Tierney told Fox 9 News he believes it’s “totally racial profiling,” and Imani Vincent said the real message is clear.

“If you do not want African Americans to frequent your establishment, then maybe you should just say that and not just break it down to the dress code,” Vincent said.

Vincent told Fox 9 News he believes there’s only one way to respond to the discriminatory dress code.

“Hurt ’em in the pockets,” he recommended. “That’s where it would hurt them the most. If they don’t want us there, then we don’t have to be there–and that’s their loss.”