BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Even as restaurants are reopening across the state, many are still struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But now, one local group is hoping to encourage everyone to support local.READ MORE: Now That Students Have Returned To The Classroom, One Question Remains: Are Children Safe?
The Charm’tastic Mile has launched the hashtag “dining out matters” campaign. The goal is to promote all the restaurants on or near the Charm’tastic mile. That’s the strip along Pratt and President streets connecting Downtown-West, the Inner Harbor, and Harbor East.
Ouzo Bay is located on The "Charm'tastic Mile" and we are very disturbed by this incident and will be launching #DiningOutMatters a campaign that ensures that all people are respected when "Dining Out", "No Matter" what color, age or status they are. pic.twitter.com/Q0HarDUSU3
— The "Charmtastic Mile", Charm City 45 (1975-2020) (@CharmtasticMile) June 24, 2020
The Charm’tastic Mile added that they were, “very disturbed” by the incident at Ouzo Bay which also prompted them to launch the campaign.READ MORE: 'I'm All About Ellicott City' Ellicott City Residents & Business Owners React To Number 10 Ranking On Money Magazine's 'Best Places To Live List'
“[It’s] a campaign that ensures that all people are respected when “Dining Out”, “No Matter” what color, age or status they are.
This past weekend, Marcia Grant brought her nine-year-old son, who is Black, to eat at the Atlas Group restaurant Ouzo Bay in Harbor East. They were turned away, managers said, because her son had on athletic shorts.
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A video surfaced of a manager telling Grant and her son they couldn’t dine at the restaurant because the boy was wearing the shorts.
Atlas Restaurant Group owns more than a dozen bars and restaurants in Baltimore, mostly in Harbor East.
In a lengthy statement Tuesday, they said children 12 and under are no longer subject to a dress code, and the company stands against racism.
The company said it will implement diversity training. They called their treatment of Grant and her son “embarrassing and hurtful.”
The Charm’tastic Mile’s new campaign starts this Friday.MORE NEWS: Audit Finds Electronic Tolls Overbilled Maryland Drivers