Black child denied service at Ouzo Bay for athletic clothing, white child allowed

BALTIMORE — A black child was denied service at Ouzo Bay over athletic clothing, leaving two managers unemployed following the racist incident at the restaurant over the weekend.

Atlas Group leaders issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, announcing new actions taken after Marcia Grant took her son, who is Black, to Ouzo Bay and was told he was not allowed to be there because he was wearing athletic clothing, which is against the restaurant’s dress code. Grant pointed out that a white family was allowed to eat with a young boy wearing very similar clothing.

The group said in a statement, “Since learning of this incident, Atlas leadership has taken the following action:

  • Launched an assertive internal investigation, which included extensive video review, analysis, workforce interviews and input from human resources professionals and other experts in the field.
  • As a result of the investigation, two Ouzo Bay managers have been separated from and are no longer with the organization. To reiterate, there is a level of sensitivity, discretion, and customer service we expect from our managers and all who represent the Atlas brand.
  • Revised our dress code policy so that children 12 years old and younger, who are accompanied by an adult, will no longer be subject to a dress code at any Atlas property.
  • Communicated with our Atlas employees to inform them of the new dress code policy, reiterate and reinforce our unwavering position that there is no place for racism nor discrimination in any form within our company. We will continue to implement our diversity and inclusion training required for all employees and are currently educating ourselves on additional ways we can continue to expand and improve these efforts.”

Officials said they attempted to connect with Grant and her son, but were unsuccessful. They said they will continue to try and open dialogue.