Dress Down at Murray’s?

I recently ate at Murray’s Restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis. As per usual, I wore a collared shirt and nice dress pants. Generally, I feel underdressed when I don’t wear a tie. This time around, I felt overdressed with no tie on. Apparently, there’s no dress code at Murray’s any longer and there were plenty of men wearing shorts and sandals. Seemingly most of the women were dressier, however.

Call me old-fashioned, I guess, but I’m relatively young and grew up in the casual era. I’ve never worked in a place that required anything above khakis and golf shirts as standard dress attire. But when I go to a place like Murray’s, I expect there not to be Joe Schmoe in a t-shirt and shorts with flip-flops on next to me. Apparently management thought it was more important to let this go. I think it’s kind of sad that you can’t even expect dressy attire at one of the last bastions of formal dining in the cities.

Our whole group had the silver butter knife steak, and we were not disappointed. I will be back again, even with the lax dress code.

4 Comments so far

  1. Heather K (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    I’m SO with you on this.

    The following post will probably sound VERY familiar to your experience: http://www.heatherkooyer.com/index.php?s=murray%27s

  2. jake (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    I agree… I like those places because of the atmosphere and level of sophistication that they demand… but on the other hand, if it’s damn hot out… I’m going to try to keep cool (but you’ll never see me in a t-shirt at Murray’s…)

  3. Bill (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    Heather – yep, sounds exactly the same.

    Jake – they have nice A/C at murray’s so keeping cool really isn’t a good excuse…

  4. Sarah (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    We were having drinks a couple Saturday’s ago, and decided to go to Murray’s for dinner. The guys I was with were in shorts and sandals. I was wearing capris and flip-flops. We debated going home to change, but then decided it would be okay to eat in the bar as we were. I walked in and immediately felt underdressed, but then 3 or 4 tables worth of people streamed in wearing similarly casual attire. They all ate in the dining room, while we had the bar to ourselves. I was amused, but not surprised.

    I’m not sure if there’s a restaurant in town where you wouldn’t be seated if you were wearing jeans. We’re a pretty casual city.

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