Unlike, perhaps, the rest of the world, I am not happy when a restaurant backs down on its coat and tie dress code. (Witness my response to the "21" Club's capitulation to the madding crowd.)
You'd think the oldest restaurant in the U.S. would hold firm. But, no. ABC reports that formal attire is out the window. "We still don't allow things like ripped jeans and flip-flops," said Yvonne Alciatore Blount, whose family has run Antoine's for five generations. "And many of our diners, especially at dinner, do enjoy dressing up, but we no longer enforce the coat and tie rule."
And civilization marches slowly to the sea.