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NBA All-Star Anthony Davis Barred From LA Clubstaurant for Wearing a Hoodie

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The casual outfit is common around LA, but apparently a no-no at Katana

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like being a basketball star isn’t enough these days to get entry into Katana in West Hollywood. The clubby Innovative Dining Group restaurant reportedly turned away Anthony Davis, all 6’10” of him, for wearing a hoodie, which is against the party spot’s dress code.

The Times-Picayune picked up the story yesterday from the New York Post, as Davis plays for the home team New Orleans Pelicans. The incident in question, where Davis was barred from joining his teammates for dinner and drinks, reportedly occurred on Monday night.

Per the report, the NBA All-Star power forward couldn’t get past the door guy because he was wearing a Pelicans-branded hoodie — the sort of offense you’ll see from Kanye at Jon & Vinny’s, or anyone at Gjelina — and couldn’t take off the outerwear because the shirt beneath was sleeveless. He allegedly pleaded with the doorman to no avail, even saying at one point that he would be happy to rent out the private dining space on the spot if that made things easier. It did not, so Davis left in an SUV with the restaurant manager only finding out (to his horror, so it seems) later what happened.

Where Davis went next is unknown, but it’s a fair bet to think he might have ended up at Catch nearby, where everyone from LA Rams running back Todd Gurley to actor Morgan Freeman can be found on the right night. That’s better than ending up at Jerry’s Deli like Shia LaBeouf, who was caught on video screaming at a bartender just days ago.