Social media was abuzz over the weekend where a footage of Aquila Restaurant in Delhi went viral. The lady in the video was shooting the female staff over her mobile, asking her to put on record that the restaurant did not allow women in sarees, as the same did not qualify as ‘smart casuals’.
However, the restaurant has now put out their official statement, where they have denied the charges. Infact, the management of the restaurant has also released another video footage captured in their CCTV, where the lady guest (in saree) is seen slapping their staff member.
In their official statement, the restaurant quoted,
We chose to stay silent till now and have been patiently watching the situation related to the incident that took place at Aquila on the 19th of September unfold. At Aquila, we believe in honouring our Indian community and have always welcomed our guests in all dress codes from modern to traditional. Currently, a 10 second clip has been circulating in the media showing only a small snippet of what happened during a period of 1 hour here on Sunday.
The statement further read,
A guest visited the restaurant and was politely requested to wait at the gate as there was no reservation under her name. However, while we discussed internally as to where we could seat them, the guest entered the restaurant and began to fight and abuse our staff. What unfolded after was beyond our imagination, with the guest slapping our manager.
The restaurant also put out footages of other guests visiting the venue in sarees. The statement said,
We believe in utmost transparency and are hence attaching snippets of people who have visited our restaurant in a traditional dress code previously. To tackle the situation and request the guest to leave, one of our gate managers made a statement on sarees not being a part of our smart casual dress code and our whole team apologies for the same.
Lastly, the restaurant once again clarified on their official stance for dress code. It read,
Aquila is a homegrown brand and each member of the team stands tall as a proud Indian. Our gate managers statement in no way is a representation of the entire teams view on the dress code. Nowhere in our company policy does it say that we will refuse entry to anybody in ethnic wear.
While we have all the right to take grated steps for the violence by the guest against our staff, we have chosen to maintain peace so far but in accordance with our policy of maintaining transparency with our stakeholders we are now issuing this statement.
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