There's currently a huge debate on social media where people are discussing how much customers need to spend at a restaurant. All thanks to Steak 48.

This high-end chain has locations in Houston, Charlotte, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and the latter two have adopted a new policy, stating that there is a $100 per person food and beverage minimum.

The restaurant says on its website that this requirement is "to ensure that each guest enjoys the total experience of food, service, and atmosphere." The $100 minimum does not include tax or a tip.

All of the Steak 48 locations also have a strict dress code. "Proper attire required for the comfort and enjoyment of all of our guests," the chain adds on its website. Banned clothing includes anything "excessively frayed", anything "emitting offensive odors", and exposed undergarments.

The majority of people on social media, however, aren't fans of the change.

Steak 48 has locations in Houston, Charlotte, Chicago, and Philadelphia

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Its restaurants in Chicago and Philadelphia have recently adopted a new policy

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

So true. If everyone started to boycot those chain restaurants, local restaurants would thrive and everyone would have better service and better food. Win-win situation.

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Steak 48 was intended as a luxury experience from the start. It opened in September 2020 and in the same month, executives told The Inquirer that it was aiming at a $120 check average, in line with other high-end steakhouses in town.

According to its website, Steak 48 serves "the finest steaks and high-quality seafood in an intimate and vibrant setting. Our diverse menu will satisfy any personal craving, as we serve the best USDA prime steaks, succulent seafood, and shellfish along with inventive and classically inspired side dishes and appetizers."

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago (edited)

Silly woman. Why should you pay someone above the minimum wage? If they run fast enough they can make a decent income on tips. /S

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Jo Johannsen
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1 year ago

YES! The power is strong within you. 😋

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But some people might not get to enjoy any of that now. Twitter user Dennis The Menace — whose Tweet we included in this listicle — hasn't been to Steak 48 prior to seeing the tweet posted showing the $100 minimum and it sounds like he's not going to.

Dennis believes the strict dress code has racial undertones. "I think, combined with their extremely specific dress code, this restaurant has made it clear that they don't want to serve people of color, and the community at large should act accordingly," he told Bored Panda. "People need to stop supporting places that are harming our communities."

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BryanR
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1 year ago

Totally agreed here!

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Jo Johannsen
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1 year ago

Can you say PRETENTIOUS?

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Not everyone shares this sentiment. Black foodie Ernest Owens finds this current controversy a misplaced outrage. "It's obvious that faux-woke people in Philadelphia have drunk the anti-Black Kool-Aid and bought into stereotypes that suggest Black people are cheap and poor and lack taste. That is so far from the truth. In fact, we are the complete opposite," Owens wrote in Philadelphia Magazine.

"Go to any major steakhouse in Philly, and Black people are there," Owens continued. "Before the pandemic, Del Frisco's, Ocean Prime, Capital Grille, Chima, and other places along what I often describe as Center City's 'Steakhouse Row' were hot spots for Black diners. Any Black professional in town has likely gone to these places multiple times and will tell you so."

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Jo Johannsen
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1 year ago

Ah, but don't forget the "experience". Oh, wait, Mom used to serve me that.

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Bill
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1 year ago

The steak houses in my area use local meat

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"From political networking to engagement parties, we’ve made these restaurants our idea of a good time. I’ve hosted dinner parties at them, and members of my diverse social circles paid and tipped well without a sweat. And yes, I can cook my own damn New York strip just as well — but with steakhouses, it’s always been about the ambiance and experience of going out and being dapper. Dress-code policies that call for professional attire never bothered us because — just like anyone else — Black people know how to respect the rules of engagement. While some superstar athletes and musicians may have come to these places in their super-casual fits and sneakers, many more Black customers have shown up dressed to the nines."

Steak 48 ultimately responded to the whole ordeal. "Like many restaurants in our industry, we’ve had to make some updates to our policies, like the $100 per person minimum in [an] effort to support our staff and restaurant’s operations, and provide the ability to be successful as a steakhouse designed for the full sit-down experience," the chain told Bored Panda in a statement. "Our standard 18 percent minimum gratuity also helps ensure our staff is supported, especially as our community continues to reemerge after a challenging year."

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Ileana Sky Aviles
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1 year ago

I get irritated when someone takes this argument route! Please, sit down!

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BlahBlahBlackSheepah
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1 year ago

That "welcome" sign kills any ambience that was there. Its got the same tone as public pool rules

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Flip flops are footwear. Not the most elegant footwear, but still footwear.

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Jo Johannsen
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1 year ago

The pinkies! 😂😂😂

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Why not simply change the chain's name to The One Percent? They're the only ones who can eat there on a regular basis.

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Emme Magnolia
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1 year ago

It kinda looks like a poo lol

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

So the chef also works in the local crematorium?

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Probably the same fool who came up with the $100 rule.

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CincyReds
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1 year ago

Love it!

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Tracey Hirt
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1 year ago

That’s not going to hurt corporate in the least. The only person it will hurt is the server who can’t turn your table and is surviving on tips. In many states, including Texas, tipped employees are paid as little as $2.13 per hour, with the expectation that tips will bring them up to minimum wage. That $2.13 has not increased in more than 30 years.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

And to miss that the food you've got served wouldn't even cost $25 in any other family run restaurant who'd let you in, even if you hadn't $100 to spare.

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John Baker
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1 year ago

Because you'd have to be blind to not see you're paying $100 for a $15 meal.

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Vasana Phong
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1 year ago

this made me laugh

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Sue Phillips
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1 year ago

I guess they just throw your food at you otherwise.

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Uber Mensch
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1 year ago

To paraphrase from Pulp Fiction: that better be one good ducking milkshake!

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Uber Mensch
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1 year ago

Do it! I'd love to see them drop a load in their knickers!

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If I could I would live under water
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1 year ago

Not where I come from, I pay 30-50 € and take the test home for the next day

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Katherine Boag
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1 year ago

Steak48: omg did you see the mud on her gown

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Otter
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1 year ago

Maybe they're trying to attract the same crowd as the strip clubs? Because they're not getting the foodies in, maybe their desperation move is to go for the hey-big-spender vulgarians who think that spending big on their dates will get them laid!

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BlahBlahBlackSheepah
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1 year ago

Who the hill brags about eating in a chain restaurant? That s is embarrassing

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