Restaurant doesn’t allow face and visible neck tattoos

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MIDLAND -- After opening its doors just a month ago in midland, a new restaurant is already catching heat on social media.

Some people are claiming they were denied service because of their body art.

Little Woodrow’s restaurant is answering back and setting the record straight on their policy.

No shoes, no shirt, no service is a phrase many of us are familiar with but one man was caught off guard when he was met with a much different kind of dress code at a midland restaurant.

As we're on the verge of the year 2017, it's certainly more common nowadays to see someone with visible tattoos than in days past, but for one local business it's where those tattoos are located that determines whether or not they'll offer service.

In a Facebook video shared with CBS 7, a man states, "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."

Next to the door it's clear and visible bouncers are checking how you're dressed but there's another regulation that customers may not have known, the restaurant and bar's attorney, Philip Brinson said, "we don't like to refuse service to anyone but if somebody comes in and is not dressed appropriately we will ask them to either change it up a little bit or in this case with tattoos cover it up."

Brinson also said most tattoos are fine but it's neck and facial tattoos that have to be covered. Facebook however, was under a different impression. Comments like "don't go if you have tattoos because they will turn you away," were posted on Little Woodrow’s Facebook page.

Another person asked the restaurant and bar if the refusal of service claims were true.

"We do not prohibit anyone from having tattoos and entering the establishment. We prefer that there be no face or neck tattoos," Brinson said.

As for whether or not anyone thinks it's fair, it's within the restaurant's right's to set its own dress code.

"Yet the man working the door has tattoos on his arms but they won't let me in," the man in the Facebook video said.

Brinson said to his knowledge, only two people have been turned away at the door; one man with a neck tattoo, which he then covered and was eventually allowed into the restaurant and the other one was the man who took to Facebook to voice his concerns.