Do Houston restaurants need to hire some fashion police?
Julie Berry writes:
“My friends, family and I have recently discussed how disappointed we are at the way patrons of upscale restaurants dress for dinner. We would love for restaurant managers/owners to respond as to why they won’t turn away people that show up in shorts, flip-flops, ratty T-shirts and ball caps. (The obvious reason is they don’t want to miss out on the money. Is that really all, because many times the establishment is very busy and hard to get into anyway.) I’m talking about high-end places that typically get $50+ per customer for a meal. You would think that people who can afford to eat in such places have some better clothes to wear.
We don’t mean suits and ties and ball gowns, but is it really so hard for a grown man to put on a pair of slacks and a button-down shirt to go to dinner? Or for a woman to put on something to cover up her ‘assets’ a little? Some of these folks look like they just came from the pool.
We find it very disrespectful of the other diners and think that the restaurant bears some responsibility to its appropriately dressed customers to uphold a dress code. At the very least, ask them to take off the ball cap.”
Denice Valencia: Rodeo Bar B Q, 1807 E. Broadway in Pearland, 281-933-2222
“My husband and I recently ate at Rodeo Bar B Q (and we aren’t big on barbecue), but we loved this place. The place was set up nice with a bar, party room and game room with a pool table. Our waitress was very sweet and she served us quickly. The food was hot and delicious. The owners made themselves available and visited everyone in the place to make sure service was acceptable. They even had an outdoor eating area. We will definitely go back.”
Marlene Ruczko, who wrote last month of about a nail ruining a pair of pants during a vist to La Madeleine, sends word that the matter has been resolved to her satisfaction. The problem was taken care of by a regional manager for the national chain.
“My friends and I are very pleased, as various La Madeleines around the Houston area are our favorite ‘hang-outs,’”