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November 10, 2008

Funny or over the line?

dress codeEditor Tim (of Swift Picks fame) spotted this sign outside of Red Square (1023 N. Charles St.), the Russian restaurant and bar in The Belvedere.

I'm not sure how long it's been there. I didn't see it when I reviewed the place a couple years ago.

I've seen plenty of signs about rules and dress codes -- most memorably the laundry list of Dos and Do Nots outside the now-closed Xanadu on Calvert St.

But does putting a drawing with the signs go to far? Could that be potentially offensive? Is it even necessary?

Personally, I don't think it's over the line. But I'll bet some people do.

(Photo courtesy of Tim Swift) 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:27 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I think it's incomplete without what you can/should wear represented

I just want to know if I can get someone to make me one for Federal Hill. No popped collars. No spiked hair. Hats must be worn forward no matter how many gold medals you've won.

Cross Street square would be empty if that went into effect, Ted.

I love it and fully support it. Unfortunately there is a large segment of society who believes such attire is acceptable in every transaction and are confused when it is explained to them that such apparel is not acceptable.

let's not let it stop at just the bars.

case in point: the g/f is a teacher and for one of the school plays, had a parent wear a shirt that said, "I'm not a [female dog], I'm just opinionated", to her daughters 2nd grade play about the constitution, which i thought was ironic.

Does this have something to do with the shooting outside the Belvedere a few weeks ago?

I guess you can't have a goofy smile, either.


Separate but equal aka - jim crow laws, are illegal. just kindin foo.


There are some people who you have to draw a picture as they have gotten to accept tacky and low, if not gutter class, as their standard. Barring one dressed as a slob from a Black Tie event, for me, doesn't constitute bias or unfair discrimination. There are people who always dress as though they have no respect on what kind of impression they make on others or where they are.
Apparently you favor no standards of dress, that wearing what you want, when you want, no matter how inappropriate is to be always permissible. Try wear such an outfit to a job interview. I know someone who was told, while nicely dressed, that wearing a sport jack instead of a suit was a liability.

Regarding the Jim Crow remark. Are you one of those people so concerned about Political Correctness that you bend over backwards just to avoid offending the hyper-sensitive?

just kindin foo = just kidding you?

furthermore, doesn't it say something about our culture that there is the need for these postings. Even fast food places have them.

I once saw a defendant in a New Jersey courtroom appear before a judge wearing a New Jersey -vs- New York shirt that read, "Our Crack Whores Can Beat Up Your Crack Whores." True story.


That's my boy! Way to over-post and get over-sensitive! Heavy sigh. ... just kiddin foo = just kidding fool.

Unrelated...did you know the Red Square no longer serves food?

Ero, I did not, but I will pass it along to Sun Food Guru Elizabeth Large. Any idea why they stopped serving food?

Also Unrelated,

Sam, do you know the real reason the Zodiac restaurant closed and if it will open again? Heard the city broke water and gas lines to the building. Kinda hard to believe since Club Charles and the Depot are still rocking. Looks like a diner is going in on the corner. Newspaper covered the windows so my nosy self couldn't see in. Just wondering.


The chef from Red Square is opening a new restaurant just a few doors down from Red Square.

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