A Philadelphia steakhouse has sparked outrage after putting up a sign telling diners they have to spend a minimum of $100 if they want to dine at the upscale eatery.
The Steak 48 restaurant on Broad St and Spruce, which is part of a family-run chain, was slammed for imposing a food and drink minimum, which doesn’t even include tax or a tip.
The eatery’s sign, which was shared to Twitter by a Philadelphia podcast, stated that the minimum spend had been put in place to ensure guests enjoy the ‘total experience of food, service and atmosphere’.
Meanwhile, social media users also hit out at the strict dress code enforced by the upscale chain, which also has locations in Chicago, Houston and Charlotte.
A Steak 48 restaurant (pictured) on Broad St. and Spruce, which is part of a family-run chain, has been slammed for imposing a $100 food and drink minimum
The eatery’s sign (above), which was shared to Twitter, said the minimum spend had been put in place to ensure guests enjoy the ‘total experience of food, service and atmosphere’
The stylish location is known for being a popular spot for people to visit to take Instagram pictures, with some Twitter users claiming the restaurant were trying to deter such behavior.
The sign and a statement on Steak 48’s website read: ‘There is a $100 per person food & beverage minimum for each person at your table in order to ensure that each guest enjoys the total experience of food, service, and atmosphere.
‘This does not include tax or tip. We look forward to welcoming you.’
Steak 48’s menu boasts a variety of upscale main dishes, including a 22oz ribeye steak for $68, seabass costing $53 and a 12oz steak fillet with an egg for $65.
To get a side dish alongside their main course at the upscale restaurant, customers must spend anything from $9 for whipped potatoes to $23 for double baked truffle potatoes.
But customers will no longer be able to go and just have a specialty cocktails, which people often enjoy while taking snaps for their Instagram, as they only cost around $18, while their sweet treats cost between $11 and $18.
Hoards of Twitter users were left outraged at the new spending restrictions, with memes mocking the restaurant’s policy quickly circulating around social media.
One person wrote: ‘Steak 48 trash. Only thing I want is drinks and dessert they can keep everything else lol’
The stylish location is known for being a popular spot for people to visit to take Instagram pictures, with some Twitter users claiming the restaurant were trying to deter such behavior
Twitter users were left outraged at the spending restrictions, with memes mocking the restaurant’s policy quickly circulating around social media (pictured)
Another fumed: ‘Steak 48 said no more broke ppl can eat in their restaurant unless you spend a hundred minimum’
One person hit out at those who go to the eatery to take pictures, tweeting: ‘All of you who were going to Steak 48 to take pics in front of the sign and leave, how y’all feeling?’
A third said: ‘F**k Steak 48. Not even worth the 100. I had better at a mom and pop place.’
And a fourth penned: ‘Alright so the minimum cost was already wild but this dress code too?? Steak 48 is tripping I’m late forgive me y’all.’
While another fumed: ‘They said no brokies #Steak48 no more appetizer dates and step photos’
But other customers claimed they didn’t understand how people were spending less than $100 in Steak 48, saying they had no gripes with the minimum spend.
One person wrote: ‘I don’t understand how ppl was going in steak 48 and spending less than $100…like you order 2 things and you spending $200 at least’
A second insisted: ‘Yes. Also, if you go to Steak 48, you typically spend much more than $100 per person. If you are taking up a table and only ordering $50 in food, you are hurting their bottom line. Don’t like it? Don’t eat there.’
After the $100 minimum spend shocked Twitter users, people also began criticizing the upscale Philadelphia diner’s strict dress code, which prohibits a long list of clothes.
After the $100 minimum spend shocked Twitter users, people also began criticizing the upscale Philadelphia diner’s strict dress code, which prohibits a long list of clothes
The ‘business casual dress code’ prohibits items of clothing including workout attire, men’s tank tops and sleeveless shirts, frayed or torn clothing and hats for men.
Customers are also not allowed into the restaurant if they are wearing ‘excessively revealing’ clothing or have their ‘undergarments exposed’, while clothing emitting ‘offensive odors’, including cologne and tobacco, are also banned.
One Twitter user quipped: ‘Hmm. I could go to Steak 48 or I could go to any number of upscale chain steakhouses in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia or Charlotte that don’t have a $100 per person minimum and a weird complicated dress code. This is a hard decision.’
While another argued: ‘I think a better strategy for Steak 48 would have been to implement a “dressy” dress code with an inclusive list of clothing items rather than an exclusive list.’
And a third penned: ‘I don’t mind the $100 minimum spending limit at steak 48 but baby, they tripping with the new dress code.’
A notice on Steak 48’s website confirmed the minimum spend and strict dress code also applied to the Chicago eatery, while it appeared the Charlotte chain had the dress code but not the $100 minimum.
A spokesperson for Steak 48 said: ‘We continue to uphold the same standard business casual dress code policy for dinner service across all our fine-dining properties to ensure the best experience for all our guests.
‘Like many restaurants in our industry, we’ve had to make some updates to our policies, like the $100 per person minimum in effort to support our staff and restaurant’s operations, and provide the ability to be successful as a steakhouse designed for the full sit-down experience.
‘Our standard 18 percent minimum gratuity also helps ensure our staff is supported, especially as our community continues to reemerge after a challenging year.’