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Should Dress Codes be Relaxed When the Temp Hits 100?

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It's Friday and it's time to hear from the crowd. Have something you want discussed among the fine Eater readers? Send it this way.

2011_07_heavewave.jpgA regular tipster writes in today with a very timely heat wave related question: "Should a restaurant that normally requires jacket and tie for men suspend that requirement when the temperature approaches 100 degrees?"

On the one hand, air conditioning should be operating fully at those kinds of restaurants. And must we lose all sense of dignity and decorum due to one little heatwave? Think of the GMs that still wear suits, the chefs burning up in the kitchen.

On the other hand, it's ungodly hot out there.

Dino Lavorini, the GM at The Modern tells Eater that they dropped their jacket requirement last year, but when it would get hot like this they would suspend that requirement for a month at a time. Meanwhile Eric Ripert, of Le Bernardin says, "When it’s very hot in NYC, many of our clients do not bring jackets. However, we gladly provide jackets as a courtesy for their own comfort since the restaurant has good air conditioning." Bryan McGuire, GM at The '21' Club says they try to keep the restaurant extra cool, as both staff and guests are required to wear jackets.

Readers, feel free to weigh in.
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