BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two managers at the Ouzo Bay restaurant in Baltimore are no longer with the company following the latest dress code controversy involving an Atlas Restaurant Group restaurant.

On Monday, Atlas Restaurant Group issued an apology after a video surfaced of a manager telling a woman and her son they couldn’t dine at the restaurant because the boy was wearing athletic shorts. In the video, the boy’s mother asked multiple times why her son, who is Black, was being turned away when another boy, who is white and was dressed similarly, had been able to dine there.

Since then, the restaurant group has said two managers “have been separated from and are no longer with the organization.”

The dress code has also been changed to exclude any requirements for children 12 or younger, and the restaurant group plans to form an advisory board to address corporate social responsibility.


In a statement, Atlas said “We stand against all forms of racism and believe Black lives matter”

“NOW is the time for change. And we believe that change begins at home – with introspection and self-reflection. We are committed to listening. We are committed to engaging in open, honest dialogue about discrimination and racial inequality – with our team, colleagues, family, friends, and community. We are committed to educating ourselves, to bettering ourselves, and to creating a company culture that celebrates diversity and stands against discrimination in any form,” the group said.

The latest controversy drew backlash online. Sociologist Dr. Rayshawn Ray from the Brookings Institute echoed some of the sentiments.

“What we see is one group of people being held accountable to the fullest extent of the rules, regulations, policies and laws, while another group of people are able to bend and break those rules,” he said.

The restaurant group also said it has tried to reach out to the woman and her son but has so far been unsuccessful.

“What took place was not only disturbing, it was also eye-opening, and we are committed to learning from it and implementing real change as a result,” they said.

Last year, another Atlas Restaurant Group property, Choptank in Fells Point, came under fire for its dress code banning “excessively baggy clothing; offensive, vulgar or inappropriate attire, athletic attire (and) jerseys,” which some people said had racial undertones. The policy was later changed.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (11)
  1. Frank says:

    I saw no proof in that video that the white child was actually eating there or had been served there, he is standing on a sidewalk. Is this the new norm? You dont get you way you scream racism. everyone doing this same nonsense is making the word racism meaningless.

    1. Steve says:

      Frank stop being so defensive. The restaurant has surveillance cameras and that family dined there which is why the restaurant group is responding to the obvious double standard. Take a deep breath buddy!

    2. Hud says:

      If the restaurant admits they were wrong. then who are you to say otherwise? This restaurant has seats outside. Unless you know exactly where the restaurant is, I suggest you let this go. Sadly, your reply speaks volumes about your character.

      1. pop says:

        Not sure if you are aware but the policy was sports gear that wasn’t allowed. That white kid didn’t have any on. That’s the difference the fired workers should sue for wrongful termination. The restaurant fired them and said they were wrong because they are scared to be labeled racist. They changed the policy. Do you know why that is? It’s because the workers were only following the policy

    3. Muhammad Ali III says:

      Lol, ‘proof’. I have to admire your loyalty to stupidity. Its really impressive.

  2. Richard Hart says:

    You need to get your eyes checked. The white child was in the outdoor dining area of the restaurant. He was not on a sidewalk. This link has the entire video:

  3. Fred Griffin says:

    Ditto- I have eaten there several times, (we will not eat there again) the child is in the outdoor dining area that can only be accessed from inside the restaurant (meaning they were admitted by a host) and he is clearly dressed in a similar manner to the child being denied admission due to wearing the same shorts & T shirt “sports” attire. Dress codes are a restaurant’s prerogative, but they should be applied equally to all. If black kids can’t come in wearing shorts & T shirts then neither can white kids.

  4. Michael Ellert says:

    On my list of places to avoid. The managers likely mirror the owners.

  5. also a mom & grandma says:

    WATCH THE WHOLE VIDEO! This is clearly racism, to treat 2 children differently due to their race. The manager refused to tell her why one child’s sneakers, T shirt & shorts was different than the ones her child was wearing——–well yeah because both kids were dressed in the same attire . If it was OK for the white child then it was OK for the black child……..only that guy was a racist and he wanted to treat black people differently than white ones. Even if the white child had been admitted “by mistake” then they should have also made an exception and let the black child in too. That mother is a class act, she was calm and polite the entire time and I hope she sues that place for a bundle. Racism is NOT OK!

  6. trentdilfer08 says:

    There is more outrage about this then Devon Sample murdering a 8 month pregnant woman and her 3 year old toddler. What the hell is this world coming too?

  7. Janae says:

    I am outraged about that incident too, being upset about one thing does not mean you are not upset about another. One is the subject here and one is not. People have been upset protesting both incidents.That lady & her son were very clearly discriminated against by not being able to do what the white child and parent/s weere allowed to do. Dress codes are not just for African Americans.

    almost half of the women murdered in this country are killed by an intimate partner (a “domestic” situation). Women and children are the recipients of most domestic violence & murders- regardless of race. That is a problem largely a result of how men behave It is also the fact guns are out of control and so easy to get by those who should not have them, People should be outraged about it no doubt, especially as children are innocent and have no choice, there is nothing they can do.

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