Is it okay for restaurants to ban children? | The Tylt
Is it okay for restaurants to ban children?
Restaurants have flirted with the idea of banning children in the past, but few have gone through with it. Chef Grant Achatz at famed Chicago restaurant Alinea publicly considered banning children after a baby cried their way through dinner. The negative reaction was immediate, but many thought the chef had a point.
Going out to eat at a nice restaurant is a treat. No one wants their evening punctuated by a baby's nonstop screaming and crying. Tove Danovich at Eater reports on several instances where restaurants banned children and things wen just fine:
“The more we did, the more we realized that our dining room got quieter, the guests were enjoying it more, and even some of the mature guests were commenting on how nice it was not to be around kids,” Shake says. “Over the years, you become callused from the mean and hurtful remarks parents say about the policy, but the good of it outweighs the negativity.”
Parents say a ban on children is just wrongheaded. People are paying for their food and table—they should be allowed to have their kids with them. Besides, not all children are annoying or scream through dinners. Most don't
Instead of making blanket bans on children, these things should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Unruly customers, old or baby, should be asked to leave. Bans don't make sense.
Here's what Liam Flynn, owner of Australia’s Flynn’s Restaurant, told Eater:
“A lot of parents think they’re paying for the space and service and taking a break, and therefore taking a break from parenting as well. There’s a lot of people that feel they are not accountable for their own or their child’s actions.”