Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins received an apology from a restaurant that turned him away for dress code reasons. La Bilboquet — a French restaurant in Atlanta — issued a statement Monday formally apologizing to Wilkins and vowing to make changes.
Following the Wilkins incident, La Bilboquet said it will "provide diversity, equity and inclusion training to all current employees." The restaurant also said it would "reevaluate" its dress code restrictions to eliminate ambiguities.
LE BILBOQUET ISSUES FORMAL APOLOGY TO DOMINIQUE WILKINS pic.twitter.com/Qtk1HDaTzz
— Le Bilboquet (@LeBilboquetAtl) May 24, 2021
Dominique Wilkins believes he was turned away due to race
Wilkins tweeted Saturday that he believed he was turned away from the restaurant due to his race. Wilkins said he was initially told no tables were available, but then was told he wasn't dressed properly to get into the restaurant. Wilkins said he was wearing "designer casual pants and a shirt."
La Bilboquet has experienced similar complaints in the past. Patrons have criticized the restaurant's dress code as inconsistent and racist.
Wilkins responded to the apology on Twitter, calling it a "first step." It's unclear whether he plans to return to the restaurant following the ordeal.
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