The controversial decision was taken because the restaurant claimed it will prevent “intimidating appearances” at the restaurant popular with celebs from tennis stars to singers
A restaurant popular with celebrities has banned diners with tattoos, designer logo clothing and heavy jewellery.
Bedouin Restaurant in Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia, has taken the drastic decision to prevent what it will claim are “intimidating appearances”.
The new dress code and house policy has been outlined in a sign out front of the restaurant.
It states that “visible tattoos”, “designer labeled apparel” and “heavy jewellery” are all prohibited in the controversial move to make customers feel more comfortable.
The requirements do not just stop at customers and spread to staff as well.
The Middle Eastern eatery, which was launched only three years ago, is popular among celebrities including tennis player Nick Kyrgios, The Voice judge Rita Ora, director Taika Waititi and US actor Scott Eastwood.
At the end of the day, the Bedouin turns into a nightclub from 10pm to 3am.
UK chef Michael Mcelroy has been in Australia since 2016 and works not too far away in Manly, Sydney.
He said he was furious among learning about the new rules which he meant, as he has neck and arm tattoos, couldn’t dine at the restaurant.
He told 7NEWS.com.au: “I’ve never heard of this policy in Australia, I have head and arm tattoos and not once when dining out has this come up until recently.
“Hearing they are now introducing these rules is a shame.
“To hear we are going back to these rules is upsetting.
“I love to eat out at restaurants so sooner or later this will start to affect my dining experiences.”
Michael said he had spoken to co-workers at his own venue who told him the bans were a common practice in the industry some years ago.
The restaurant’s co-licensee Poata Okeroa, told The Daily Telegraph that the policy had been brought in to discourage “intimidating appearances”.
Speaking to the Australian site, they added: “We value our customers and community stakeholders, and have always implemented house rules that includes a dress policy that discourages intimidating appearances.”
Bedouin have been approached for comment
A number of bars and restaurants in Sydney have rules around what customers can wear, but most don’t specify rules around tattoos or jewellery.
One bar in the Gold Coast, however, the Burleigh Pavilion, does have a ban against any neck tattoos in a similar bid to discourage any “intimidating appearances”.
“Guests with tattoos are welcome at our venue, however, our policy does not permit intimidating, aggressive, or offensive tattoos, clothing or behavior which may offend or intimidate other guests or staff,” a statement on their website read.
“Tattoos on the neck, head and face are viewed as increased intimidation in that order – covering up these tattoos does not allow entry.”