A restaurant and bar in New York has reportedly apologized for denying entry to a younger Sikh man in a turban — and now the proprietor says he plans to amend the costume code that prohibited the shopper from coming into the institution within the first place.
Gurvinder Grewal, 23, had deliberate to satisfy up with mates on Saturday evening on the Harbor Grill in Port Jefferson, on Lengthy Island, however was stopped by a safety guard and a supervisor who informed him he wouldn’t be allowed inside with a head protecting.
“I’ve gone there sporting my turban earlier than, however I used to be informed this can be a ‘new coverage,’” Grewal informed Yahoo Life-style.
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Grewal claims the safety guard informed the close by supervisor that the person was sporting the turban for spiritual causes, however the supervisor allegedly said that the proprietor of the Harbor Grill could be upset to see Grewal contained in the bar space with a head protecting.
“I defined that I simply needed to hang around with some mates for the evening and even went to the again of the road to attempt to clarify my scenario once more a second time, which nonetheless didn’t work,” Grewal added in an interview with The New York Publish.
By this level, Grewal, a graduate of close by Stony Brook College, informed Yahoo he grew bored with the “ridiculous” scenario and left.
In a Fb message that now seems to be deleted, the Harbor Grill mentioned it “embraces individuals of all races and religions” and apologized for “any misery brought on,” however initially appeared to face agency on its no-headwear coverage, which the eatery solely implements after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to extra simply establish patrons on safety cameras, the Port Occasions Report reported.
“The topic individual … [was] sporting what could be extra extensively perceived because the slang time period ‘dew rag’ or a ‘stocking cap’ and never a standard turban,” the put up allegedly learn, in response to Yahoo Life-style.
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The proprietor of the Harbor Grill, which was previously referred to as Schafer’s, has since spoken out on the incident, telling the Port Occasions Report that turbans or different spiritual headwear can be exempt from the no-hats rule.
“I don’t have an inkling of prejudice in any method,” mentioned Harbor Grill proprietor Tom Schafer. “The code was not meant to be discriminating, it was solely for the security of patrons and workers.”
Grewal, in the meantime, has mentioned he might plan to take authorized motion, as prompt by native police who claimed the incident wasn’t a felony matter, the Publish reported.
Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant had additionally mentioned she was “” within the story, commenting on a Fb put up shared by fellow Stony Brook graduate Bansri Shah, who claims to have watched the complete incident unfold on Saturday evening.
“And because the Mayor of Port Jefferson I’m and watching this story as effectively,” Garant commented on Fb.
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“I didn’t need that incident to turn out to be a black eye on the village,” Garant added in a message obtained by the Stony Brook Statesman. “Anyone of race, coloration, sexuality, we embrace and invite everybody right here.”