“I told them at the front desk that no restaurants in Boston have dress codes,” he said, adding that the Top of the Hub let them in wearing tank tops recently. “We were all insulted. This is Boston, land of rich college students galore from all over the globe. You never know whose daddy owns a Fortune 500 company, or an oil company overseas, or in our case, a few local DJs with a 40,000-person [Facebook] page. It 100 percent turned us away from ever coming back.”
Regardless, the new venues say they will continue to make an effort to improve the city’s style quotient.
“Dressing up to go out or the ‘dress to impress’ mentality has become something of a lost art that we want to bring back,” said Aggelos Panagopoulos, general manager at Emerald Lounge. “We believe this approach will differentiate us from other night life venues in the city. It certainly helps to combat that ‘worst-dressed city in America’ title.”
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