Bar owner explains dress code that kept veteran out - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bar owner explains dress code that kept veteran out

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A veteran was kicked out of a Memphis bar back in August because of what he was wearing. But, the bar's owner said it wasn't because he was a veteran, but instead, because he was violating the bar's dress code.

Biker Taz Lowrey, a customer at the bar, said it's common knowledge that Rockhouse Live Bar and Grill does not allow biker "colors" inside the bar. If a person has on a motorcycle jacket with patches representing a club of any sort, they are asked to take it off.

The policy is supposed to make the bar a safer place to visit.

"Way safer," said Lowrey. "I feel more comfortable bringing my wife and my daughter here."

Rockhouse Live owner Zach Bair said most people don't have an issue with the rule. But, a military veteran said Bair discriminated against him when he was told he couldn't come into the bar wearing his motorcycle vest that had Combat Vet Association patches on it.

"Me being a veteran myself, I wanted to be clear, we were not kicking him out because he was a veteran," Bair explained.

Bair said he gave the veteran, Robert Lewis, the option of coming in after he took off the vest, but Lewis declined the offer.

"I have to apply the same rules across the board," Bair added. "Doesn't matter if it's a Christian group or a hardcore biker group."

Since the incident, Bair said he posted the dress code outside of the bar, but wants to make sure his policy is clear.

"We do not discriminate against anyone, especially against veterans."

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