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Old 07-12-2011, 03:22 PM
Location: Australia
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In principle I have no problem with it. Someone said "let the market decide".

I think if I made a booking for my family and went there and then found out "no kids" I would be very very anoyed. So I hope that the make it well known.

On the other hand, if I were wishing to take my wife for an intimate dinner someplace, then a no kids restraunt would be high on the list of places to consider.

There are other restaraunts that cater for familes and kids together and then there are ones like McDonalds that cater for the kids while the parents read the paper and think to themselves "there was a time when I loved the food but right now I am thinking a bagal from across the street would be nice"
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:23 PM
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Works for me.

I've seen eateries where a family with a couple of toddlers come in and they literally trash the place due to the kids throwing everything on the floor, etc. It sometimes looks like a war zone when they leave, and the staff just shake their heads and roll their eyes. I always wonder what the homes of such people must look like.

The quiet part is a big one for me, nothing worse than an infant shrieking in horror at green beans, be it in an eatery or on a airplane.

Imagine if the owner had hired a cool jazz trio to play and all you could hear were toddlers screaming.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Location: Raleigh NC
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Originally Posted by jasper12 View Post
Well, I would not go there because they ban kids...just to have a kid free meal...

Maybe this is a good marketing strategy for him...see how it works for him...I can't wait to see what happens when a large Hispanic family wants to be seated, or an African American family...he will just point to the sign? Hmmm...let's see how that works...
It'll work fine. This is how the free market is supposed to work. One could get the ACLU involved but they won't have a case since the sign doesn't say "Black and Mexican kids are not allowed.".
One might protest the sign which would bring negative and positive publicity. On one hand you'll have a bunch of people who aren't down with that. On the other hand you'll have a bunch of people who think it's a great idea and start patronizing the place.
Fact is you have a choice. If you don't like it don't spend your money there. If it ticks enough people off the place will either change the rules or go out of business.

Let the free market work. It's NOT the government's job to regulate these situations.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:52 PM
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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l wouldn't mind it at all. There are many family restaurants. I have gone into some on weekends thinking we can catch a quick lunch and all you see is kids running around and balloons you know there is a party. If I had my grandkids with me I would stay. For me I love a nice quiet place to actually sit and be able to talk.
I have to add I have absolutely nothing against kids as I work with them all week and I don't want to go out for a quiet dinner and have them running around.
Most adults like a nice "date" night without the kids. I know I did on occasion when mine were small.
Last week my husband and I on a Thursday night went to a really nice seafood restaurant and it was about 8:30 PM...there were kids running everywhere including the people in the section next to ours who kept letting their kids run over to our table while they finished their meal. Totally unacceptable. They were in the way of the waitresses, busboys and generally a royal pain.

Kudos to the people who have the guts to make a statement not allowing children. I bet business will be great.
Now if we can get places to ban cell phones Life would be good. JMO
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Location: here
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I will be interested to know if he loses business or gains it.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Location: Geneva, IL
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I have very mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I don't think anyone should be banned from a restaurant. But...on the other hand this is only happening because a few parents use extremely poor judgement. I will admit to being extremely annoyed when paying $15 an hour for a babysitter so DH and I can go to a really nice restaurant only to sit next to disruptive kids. We do take our kids to nicer restaurants from time to time, but do so in the very early evening, and I also never assume that the world thinks my children are as wonderful as I do.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:18 PM
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My DH and I went out to dinner last Friday evening. A nice, casual, very upscale restaurant at a resort. It was quite crowded. It was also also so quiet you could hear the proverbial pin drop. I couldn't figure out why it was so quiet until I looked around and realised the place was full of silver-haired oldies.

Yes, it was 4:30pm and we've turned into "those people" asking for the Seniors discount. How on Earth did that happen?
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cavaturaccioli View Post
You've seen the signs, haven't you?

"We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"

I say let the market decide.
This^^^ idk why some people make such a stink about it. There are tons of other family-friendly restaurants in this country and I'm sure there can be at least a few non-family friendly places.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:25 PM
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As long as there are plenty of other options, I cannot see why one establishment can't ban kids under a certain age if they want to. It's not as if people don't have other choices.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:26 PM
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Seeing as everything is so family-oriented these days, it's actually quite refreshing to see a restaurant do this. Not everything in life needs to be a screaming kiddie-fest. There are plenty of alternatives.
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