A block away from a south Baton Rouge neighborhood sits red stick social. This week, the new bar and bowling alley posted a dress code online, sending social media into a firestorm.
“I do think it’s ridiculous.”
Hundreds of people took to Facebook following the initial post. Shortly afterward, an apology was posted but still, some called the company out for what the people say was discrimination while others defended it.
“They’re all really good people, they really are, I really enjoy them and so far, really enjoyed Baton Rouge” said a man standing outside Red Stick Social.
Along Government Street, new businesses are popping up and road construction is underway. As new life is being given to an old area, some say posts like the one Red Stick Social posted, sends the wrong message.
“On the one hand it does bring much needed investments into neighborhoods, but the reality is there are people that live in those neighborhoods that were there before whatever development come, comes along” said Brendan Csaposs.
Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker represents District 10. She says, though the area is changing, it reminds her of a place she once knew.
“This has been sort of a resurgence of this becoming that economic revitalization effort sort of breathing new life in area that once upon a time when you sit with some of the older people and you hear them talk about history and the past, what was there. This becomes that point of man, this is life being brought back” said Wicker.
As the area receives a much-needed facelift, some are warning businesses to check out the neighborhoods before opening their doors.
“I think that businesses that move into new parts of town should be cognitive of who’s living there when they arrive because either you are going to write dress codes like this that are very subjective and as we know from history here in Baton Rouge have a tendency to be interrupted one way for people that look like you versus people that look like me” said Csaposs.