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September 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Do Seattle restaurants need a dress code?

File photo of a holiday party at the Metropolitan Grill by Jessica Oyanagi/Special to The Seattle Times

File photo of a holiday party at the Metropolitan Grill by Jessica Oyanagi/Special to The Seattle Times

Now we know what it takes to get Seattleites hot under the collar.

Seattle magazine contributor (and my former colleague) Leslie Kelly suggested bringing back restaurant dress codes — or at least a “dude-free dining policy” — after seeing a diner wander through The Metropolitan Grill in shorts and flip flops, carrying a bottle of electric blue Gatorade.

Kelly’s plea for decorum: “No shorts, no slippers, no wearing your company’s badge to complete your look.”

Then, the Internet lit up.

She got applause for highlighting “the sad state of Seattle fashion,” and for taking on behavior that “crosses the line from bad fashion to bad form.” Others slammed her (using decidedly dressed-down language, in some cases) for criticizing one of the unwritten Seattle policies that some people love. She got a tip to check out the dress-up “Tie Tuesday” monthly happy hour at The Tin Table.

“I’m happy that Seattle doesn’t require me to own a $600 suit AND be able to pay for my fancy meal. I’m happy to share a restaurant with people both better and worse off economically than myself. I’m happy that women in this town don’t feel as much foolish East Coast pressure to be covered in makeup,” wrote one Facebook commenter.

“I’ve seen men wearing pj bottoms in high end restaurants and ladies wearing sweats to the theater. Incredibly disrespectful and low rent,” wrote another.

Kelly was invited to move to Los Angeles or New York. (Facebook commenters tended to be anti-dress code, people on Twitter seemed to support it, by one observation.)

There’s one place, at least, where the argument is long over: High-end Canlis requests (and in some areas requires) that men wear a suit or sport coat.

Comments | Topics: Canlis, dress codes, Leslie Kelly

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