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Upscale Detroit restaurant warns diners they can’t smell of marijuana

‘If you smell like marijuana don’t even think of stepping inside’: Upscale Detroit restaurant warns diners that strong weed odors will no longer be tolerated

  • The Caucus Club Detroit, which is owned by local man George Sboukis, warned patrons that they can’t step a foot inside if they smell of marijuana 
  • The restaurant posted the warning on Facebook this week about the venue’s business casual dress code 
  • The post has already attracted nearly 1,000 comments with many praising the owner’s decision to crack down on the smell of weed 
  • A few, however, said the small of marijuana was no different to alcohol on someone’s breath or cigar smoke 
  • Some even branded the decision to ban the smell of weed racist 

An upscale Detroit restaurant has warned patrons they can’t step a foot inside if they smell of marijuana – and most are praising the owner’s decision.

The Caucus Club Detroit, which is owned by local man George Sboukis, told potential diners this week that ‘strong odors’ would no longer be tolerated at the restaurant. 

In a Facebook post about the restaurant’s business casual dress code, Caucus Club Detroit said: ‘Seriously people, hoodies and jerseys are not business attire. Neither are ball caps and sneakers.

‘Most importantly, if you smell like marijuana don’t even think of stepping inside the Caucus Club.’

The Caucus Club Detroit, which is owned by local man George Sboukis, told potential diners in a Facebook post this week that ‘strong odors’ would no longer be tolerated at the restaurant

Sboukis, who has run the fine dining restaurant since 2017, said he had previously received complaints from other diners about the smell of marijuana on some patrons

Sboukis, who has run the fine dining restaurant since 2017, said he had previously received complaints from other diners about the smell of marijuana on some patrons 

The post has already attracted nearly 1,000 comments.

Many have praised Sboukis for cracking down, in particular, on the smell of weed, which is now legal to buy in the state of Michigan. 

A few, however, said the small of marijuana was no different to alcohol on someone’s breath or cigar smoke. 

Some even branded the decision to ban the smell of weed as racist. 

‘It’s a cloud of stench that encompasses the entire dining room,’ Sboukis told the Detroit Free Press

‘I frankly see it as selfish behavior that’s disrespectable to other people. 

‘Even strong perfume can be offensive, but not like this. It’s so pungent and overwhelming. It’s horrifying.’   

Sboukis said he first noticed people adopting a more relaxed dress code and smelling more like marijuana last summer but opted not to crack down because not very many people were dining out amid COVID-19. 

He decided to add the attire warning to his website and social media accounts after reopening from a second COVID-19 lockdown. 

Sboukis, who has run the fine dining restaurant since 2017, said he had previously received complaints from other diners about the smell of marijuana on some patrons. 

Many have praised Sboukis for cracking down, in particular, on the smell of weed, which is now legal to buy in the state of Michigan. The restaurant (pictured above) warned patrons this week that they can't step a foot inside if they smell of marijuana

Many have praised Sboukis for cracking down, in particular, on the smell of weed, which is now legal to buy in the state of Michigan. The restaurant (pictured above) warned patrons this week that they can’t step a foot inside if they smell of marijuana

Many on social media hailed Sboukis and his stance, saying the smell of marijuana is ‘disgusting’. 

‘Just because it’s legal… you don’t have to flaunt it,’ one person wrote. 

‘If I am going to spend high class money I don’t want to smell or see anything disgusting, stay home if you can’t clean yourself up,’ one person wrote. 

Another said: ‘If you don’t want to follow the rules here…Detroit has plenty of restaurants’.

Some, however, accused the rule on marijuana as being ‘thinly veiled racism’. 

‘Trying to racially profile before your clients even show up?!?! Probably a kiss of death for the establishment. I’ll never eat there,’ one person said. 

Another wrote: ‘This is coded language for racism and is likely going to be used as a tool to prevent black and POC Detroiters from dining here. Horrible decision to make such a post.’

One person played on the name of the restaurant, calling it the ‘Caucasian Club’.   

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