The new dress code and house policy enforced at Double Bay’s Bedouin Restaurant is outlined on a sign out the front of the venue and bans “visible tattoos”, “designer labelled apparel” or “heavy jewellery”.
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The requirements also extend to all staff at the restaurant.
The Middle Eastern eatery was launched just three years ago and is run by Poata Okeroa with business partners Eric Jury and Julian Tobias.
It also operates as a nightclub from 10pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and hosts a cabaret night on Sundays.
Since its opening, Bedouin has become a popular celebrity haunt with tennis star Nick Kyrgios, The Voice judge Rita Ora, Thor director Taika Waititi and US actor Scott Eastwood among those seen at the busy venue.
UK chef Michael Mcelroy – who has been in Australia since 2016 and works at a venue in Manly – has neck and arm tattoos and told 7NEWS.com.au he was angry upon learning he couldn’t dine at the restaurant.
“I’ve never heard of this policy in Australia, I have head and arm tattoos and and not once when dining out has this come up until recently,” Mr Mcelroy said.
“Hearing they are now introducing these rules is a shame.”
Mr Mcelroy 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.
“To hear we are going back to these rules is upsetting,” he said.
“I love to eat out at restaurants so sooner or later this will start to affect my dining experiences.”
Bedouin co-licensee Poata Okeroa told The Daily Telegraph the dress policy was brought in to discourage “intimidating appearances”.
“We value our customers and community stakeholders, and have always implemented house rules that includes a dress policy that discourages intimidating appearances,” he said.
7NEWS.com.au has reached out to Bedouin for further comment.
Most bars and restaurants in Sydney have rules and regulations about clothing, however, most don’t have any specific rules relating to 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 behaviour 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.”