As a former restaurant/bar owner, I can sympathize with the proprietor of McDains Restaurant in Pennsylvania. He just implemented a new policy at his place….banning kids under 6 years of age-no exceptions. His complaint centers on the fact that some young children just cannot be controlled by their parents, particularly their volume level. He feels it is incredibly rude to bring unruly children to a public restaurant, and I kind of agree with his decision. Recently, we enjoyed a vacation as a family, and of course that meant many meals out. Breakfast for the four of us averaged 40 dollars. Dinner? Twice that. To pay those prices and have your meal outing ruined by spoiled kids is a double whammy, as they say. I remember back when I was a server, and I’d be appalled at what some parents will allow a child to do, then not feel obliged to leave a nice tip. Some just trash the place, especially the area around them. Food all over the floor. I didn’t mind the clean-up, except that it takes extra time and I might miss out on a good party that will tip appropriately.
I’m not sure how you enforce the somewhat arbitrary age limit though. Kids don’t carry I.D.
What do you think? Does this owner have the right to do this?
Edit: I’d be all over a restaurant that banned cell phone conversations. I HATE to hear some self-important asswipe yakking on and on at the next table.