Restaurant bans ‘noisy children’

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MONTEREY, Calif. — A restaurant in a popular California vacation spot is raising some eyebrows over its rules for kids.

Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey does not allow crying or noisy children. To make that point, the restaurant doesn’t offer high chairs or booster seats. Strollers aren’t allowed either.

According to KSBW, two signs stating these rules have been up for two years, and they just added a third sign last month.  It’s unclear why their rules are now making national headlines.

The owner said he stands by the signs and that business is great.

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  • Jerry Duncan

    I frequent this restaurant at least twice a month. The owner is committed to providing his customers a special dining experience on the Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.

    This change occurred primarily as a result of parents who refused to have their kids behave. Before this policy I have seen kids being allowed to run around by their parents, make ridiculous amounts of noise and become a distraction to everyone in the restaurant. Since this policy was implemented 2 years ago things have obviously improved.

    If parents would have respected the other customers in the restaurant, this would not have been necessary.

  • nonmormon

    Well wilbur people pay a lot of money to enjoy an expensive meal and as a mother of 5 I aplaud this owner. From the sounds of your flat argument I’d say you’re probably a parent that let’s their kids run amuck out of the fear of repressing their “ARTISTIC” freedoms. So ban all kids from some venues, maybe if parents could put a boot in their brats butts once in a while this ban wouldn’t be neccessary…….

    • Lisa

      It scares me that some people think the only way to teach a child is with violence. You may learn as your children grow that theyhave no respect for those who cannot express themselves verbally.
      Further, I would hope that no parent would *want* to “repress” their child’s “artistic freedoms” -as this is also not good for a child’s development.
      Instead, I would expect a parent who truly has their child’s best interest at heart would *talk* with them and help them *learn* which behaviors are appropriate in all the various situations we *all* find ourselves in from time to time.
      A drunken adult can be much more harmful to the enjoyment of an expensive meal than most children.

      • Desert Pete

        No Lisa, I don’t teach my children how to react. I teach them how to act, and yes, there’s a difference. I’ve also taught them what the word “no” means.

  • A-nonymous

    It is not a bad idea to have places set aside for special and quiet occasions. There are plenty of places where families can dine with their children, no matter how well or poorly behaved they may be.
    I am a father of four and always tried to keep my children in check at restaurants, but sometimes kids will be kids.
    At this point in my life I like to go out to a really nice meal without the distractions of anyone’s children. I say they have the right to establish and enforce such rules.

  • Desert Pete

    Children prefer McDonalds to a sea food grotto. Probably why McDonalds has a play area. When I take my children there I expect them to have fun and make noise. When I take my wife on a date to a restaurant I don’t want to listen to a baby who is crying because it is tired and unhappy.

  • Cris

    As a parent I know kids can make a lot of noise, and very disrespectfull for others to put up with some body else’s bad behavior. I truly agree with the restaurant owner.

  • Lisa

    I think allowing this kind of rule sets a dangerous precident. How do children learn to be respectful , responsible adults in a society where they are not allowed. Businesses should make and perhaps post rules regarding how their clients should behave – and they should enforce these rules. However, if I would like to spend the money to take my child (ren) out for a nice dinner, I ought to be able to. The fact that some *parents* have no regard for others’ peace (by taking a tired baby/toddler to a restaurant) does not mean all children should be banned.

    • Jami

      No where does it say that all children should be banned, Lisa. Yes, there are no strollers allowed and no high chairs or boosters provided, which will eliminate most of the young babies and toddlers. If you have a well behaved child that you want to take out to a nice dinner, you could still take them to this restaurant. I would have no problem taking my 5 year old daughter. I wish there were more places like this!

    • Desert Pete

      A child has to go to a restaurant in order for their mother to teach them to be respectful? Come on Lisa, I think you’re smarter than that. Teach them respect at home, and then treat them to dinner at McDonalds. They’ll love you for it.

      • Nicole

        You treat your kids to McDonald’s you imbecile, so they can die from that poison. You are as prejudice as the hitler owner of this place.

      • Lisa

        So Pete , what I hear you say is that what you teach your kids at home is how they react when not at home? That there is nothing your kids can learn from you that they cant learn at home?

      • Anthony

        Oh Nicole you’re a sad person. Full of name calling and ignorance. You must be a liberal on a path of hate. There are actually healthy choices at McDonalds now but you choose to be ignorant instead of educating yourself.

      • dave

        well pete im used to agreeing with you and for the most part i do but on this one your attactive (ya i know made up word) nature on this one has me wishing you wernt quite so violent. i agree with you that nicole is out of line for attacking you she is being mean but i also think lisa is right i would love the opportunity if it made sense to have my kids out to a nice restaurant where we practice (lol snooty) manners if we wanted too. and you have to admit if you were there and saw a parent and young child behaving them selves it would warm your heart to see a young child with great manners. also if jami is right and they dont ban all children just the loud ones then i support there rights to make such a rule.

        also lisa if you replaced children with elderly person the sign still makes sense, every restaurant reserves the right to ban elderly persons who is crying making loud noises or is a distraction to others. although i understand why it would upset you a little but once again if jami is right then we have nothing to worry about

  • Richard

    Fabulous idea! There are plenty of family style restaurants in Utah where children can run amok. It would be amazing to have a nice, quiet, adult dining experience.

  • Paul

    Why not? One of the requirements for Service Animals being in a Restaurant, is that they are not a nuisance. They are not allowed to bark or disrupt other patrons on the Restaurant, or they could be asked to leave, despite the fact that they are a service animal. I don’t see why this would be asking too much? If a dog can be taught to behave in a restaurant? Why couldn’t a child? Just a thought!

  • Desert Pete

    Now I understand the mentality of people like Lisa who take their crying children to movie theaters. Lisa suffers from a serious case of “it’s all about me”.

  • Desert Pete

    NICOLE, please tell us you don’t have children of your own! You’d probably restrict their diet to asparagus, spinach, and potatoes … without butter.

  • Wendy

    Maybe the answer is a children, and a non children section of the restaurant….. Like the old days when you walk in and they used to ask you if you wanted smoking, or non smoking? Lol.

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