PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of Philadelphia’s newest restaurants has a new requirement that has social media buzzing. Steak 48 on Broad and Spruce Streets has been busy all Wednesday evening. A diverse group of diners told us that they were reminded of the substantial minimum by staff once inside.
The tweets were mostly comical, some inquisitive, as a discussion over a Philadelphia steakhouse’s minimum price tag went viral on Wednesday.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
It started when the account belonging to Philly’s “The Realest Podcast Ever” tweeted a photo of a sign on Steak 48’s, door, noting a $100 food and beverage minimum per person.
— my podna nem (@OfficialTrpe) May 26, 2021
“That place is always crowded. It’s tough to get a reservation. I’ve been several times,” said Rev. Marshall Mitchell with Salem Baptist Church of Abington.
Mitchell was among tens of thousands who weighed in online.READ MORE: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
“My mother is 84 years old. She’s not going to buy a tomahawk steak and three cocktails. She might not get to $100 so what are we saying to that customer?” he said.
In a statement, Steak 48 wrote in part: “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…”
Rev. Mitchell says, though, that he understands why some feel that the pricetag notice targets Black customers.
“This is an old American recipe that is oftentimes cooked in a different way that we’ve seen before,” he said.
Steak 48’s dress code is business casual across its four locations. Chicago’s site also has implemented the $100 minimum.
In a lighthearted tweet, one user who was not a fan of Steak48’s move posted, “I’ll take Steak 38 (the steakhouse inside a motel in Cherry Hill) over Steak 48 anyway.”MORE NEWS: Bucks County Police Officer Among 4 Men Arrested For Attempting To Lure Child For Sex In Atlantic City: Officials
The average price of a regular-sized prime steak at Steak 48 ranges from $48 to $74.