The city of New Haven, where I work, is angrily abuzz over the opening of a new café that serves only those with a college ID. The customers who visit Shiru may be students or they may be faculty, but they must have some official connection with Yale University or another local institution of higher learning.
This is the Japanese company’s third U.S. shop, and a lot of people around town are upset. Words like “fairness” are in the air. Some are openly wondering whether the restaurant’s restrictions violate state or federal law. There has been talk of boycotts.