A controversial policy banning visible neck and face tattoos at a Midland sports bar has been rescinded, the restaurant, Little Woodrow’s, announced Wednesday.
The policy had been in effect at two of the chain’s 16 locations until its owners decided to rescind it everywhere, said Matt McGinnis, a spokesman for the company.
Little Woodrow’s also has a recently opened location in Dallas, though McGinnis said he did not believe the policy had been in effect there.
The chain’s Midland location drew criticism this week after a man complained he was turned away at the restaurant because of his face tattoo.
“I just came to Little Woodrow’s and they wouldn’t let me in to spend my money because I have a tattoo on my face,” the man said in a Facebook video shared with CBS 7 in Midland.
Philip Brinson, Little Woodrow’s attorney, clarified that the Midland chain asks customers to cover up tattoos before refusing them service, according to the TV station.
Still, the restaurant’s Facebook page was bombarded with bad reviews alleging discrimination.
In its statement Wednesday, Little Woodrow’s said, “We continue to focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment for all our guests. The company regularly reviews and modifies its policies when it is deemed reasonable to do so.”