7.22.2011

No Kids Allowed - Feedback Friday

Pittsburgh gained national media attention last week when a local restaurant banned kids under the age of 6. Check out the story here from ABC News:



The result was mixed, some people agreed with the decision and others vowed to never visit this restaurant again. It's Feedback Friday...

Do you believe this restaurant owner has the right to deny service to children under 6?

Would you patronize a restaurant with this type of ban?


Do you think this ban resulted from a dislike of children or from bad parenting practices?

15 comments :

  1. I'm thinking it resulted from a combo of both. If you already aren't comfortable around little ones and then you get to see all the bad parenting that happens in restaurants, I can understand why the restaurant owner would do it.

    I would continue to visit the restaurant like I had before the ban. It doesn't bother me.

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  2. As the parent of two boys under 3, I fully support the ban and would go out of my way to visit the establishment. When I go out to eat, I leave my kids at home so I can enjoy the time with my husband. It's nice when we spend the time to go to not have to be disrupted by other children.

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  3. Doesn't phase me in the least. I know there have been times I have eaten in a bar type establishment just to have a night out without ANY kids.

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  4. I love children. I welcome children. But I absolutely think the owner of the restaurant has the right to refuse service to anyone. Parents of young children are more likely to be comfortable at a restaurant that's not such a quiet scene, and that's where they should take their kids. When they want to enjoy a quiet dinner out, this restaurant would likely be a good choice. It doesn't sound to me as if the restaurant owner has anything against children; he simply has decided to create a peaceful environment for his diners.

    I'm guessing that this decision has arisen not because of bad parenting so much as more "public" parenting. Parents today eat out with their children much more often than parents in the past. Babies do cry; there's no way around it. The fact that the ban applies to kids up to the age of six probably speaks more to parents' not being able to keep their preschoolers under control. To be honest, it can be distressing to be at a restaurant and to be seated next to a family with an out-of-control five-year-old tearing around. I don't blame little kids for acting like little kids, but perhaps it would be best for parents to patronize quiet restaurants without the children. When they want the kids along with them, a more rambunctious atmosphere is probably the best bet.

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  5. I can totally understand it. I have had two experiences in the past week where little kids have invaded the "personal space" of my table at two different restaurants. At one the parents weren't even watching their kids. I like kids and I don't judge parents whose kids are having a meltdown but they are clearly trying to parent as best as they can, but unfortunately parents who let their kids run wild and don't even care ruin it for everyone else. I support the owner's rights to exclude children if he thinks that his best for his business.

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  6. I support the ban 100%. I have children (and grandchildren) and I think it would be wonderful to have a "child-free" atmosphere the few times my husband and I go out for relaxing meal.

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  7. I have 3 children under the age of 6 and I would still support this restaurant. I try my best to have my children behave at the table but sometimes their lack in development cannot be helped. This is where Sunday brunch is SAFE or Boston Pizza restaurants where the music is so loud ppl can't hear my kids..lol.

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  8. I support the ban. We have taken our children to nicer establishments and then been horrified by their behavior. I feel if they want to maintain a certain sense of dignity to their restaurant that is wonderful.

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  9. it's to bad that some parents do use better judgement on where to take there little ones.

    when my kids where small i made sure to only take them to kid friendly places or get a sitter.

    when eating at a nice restaurant no one wants to hear kids screaming and crying. but on the flip side, it's what babies do.

    i wouldn't ban it, i would just get a sitter, if it was a place i really liked.

    my 4 and 6 year old eat any where i do now, but that wasn't always the case. it takes kids a while to learn how to eat out, and the parents have to teach them.

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  10. I do believe it's slightly discriminatory, but it's not illegal. And as long as he's within the law, I suppose he has the right to do whatever he wants with his own business. As someone who doesn't have any children under the age of 6, I can't say it would affect my decision to eat there (or if it did, I might be a bit more likely to).

    My husband and I don't go out to eat very often, and I will admit it's annoying when we do go out and we have to listen to a kid screaming nearby. I feel compassion for the parents because maybe they don't get to go out very often either, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating when we're trying to have a peaceful dinner.

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  11. It's his business, so I'd say he has every right to ban whoever/whatever he wants. It's nice to go to a restaurant and not hear noisy kids (my own included) all over the place!

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  12. The owner of that restaurant can deny service to whoever they want, I think. To be honest I'd be more likely to go to a restaurant with that sort of ban than one open to anyone. It's a real pain when you're out for a nice meal and there are kids running around and there's plenty of restaurants that are tailored towards families with young children.

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  13. I think it's a great idea. Sometimes you just want to go out for a nice quiet meal, which can sometimes be ruined by loud children running around. I'd be more likely to choose a restaurant that is child free.

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  14. As a mother of 5,nana to 10, I always ask to NOT be seated anywhere near kids. Children are precious but they are still children. Their manners are to be taught at home before they are presented in a sit down, keep it quiet, mind you manners restaraunt. Most under the age of six are not able to grasp that concept and therefore are mistaken for misbehaving or out of control. They usually are just having fun.
    I agree, he is right. And if I lived close enough I'd eat there everyday.

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  15. I guess i will be the odd one out. My children have always been well behaved at restaurants. They dont run around and are quiet. they are now 16 and 12 and are still very well behaved children. I wouldnt visit this restaurant at all.

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