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Jersey City bar owner denies having ‘racist’ dress code

January 16, 2019 - 3:02 pm

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The owner of The Ashford, a bar in Jersey City, is defending against allegations that it installed a dress code designed to keep black people out.

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Kenny Caulfield says a placard that was up for a day during the bar's 'soft opening' in December, was a mistake and wasn't reviewed properly.

The placard banned things like oversized jewelry, chains, headphones, baseball caps, shorts, sweatpants, and low or baggy jeans. The sign also called on men to wear belts with their pants.

Some patrons went on social media and called the dress code racist, Caulfield called it an oversight.

“That sign, that was a mistake, it was put out and it was rectified straightaway,” he said. “It was an oversight, you’re busy, you’re not paying attention to every detail. You’re going 100 miles an hour. ...The sign was made up, and it wasn’t reviewed properly.”

Caulfield added that the bar's goal is inclusion and alluded to the TV show Cheers.

“It’s about diversity. Everybody’s welcome,” Caulfield said. “Have you ever seen the show ‘Cheers?’ That’s my mantra, everybody should know your name, it should be a home.”

One woman said she was allowed to enter the bar wearing sweatpants, but one of the men in her group was denied entry because he was wearing pants that bouncers referred to as 'pajamas.'