Restaurants that have tried to tell parents in the past that children or babies aren’t welcome inside have faced backlash for coming out and saying so in the past, but one restaurant has instead decided to just make it really difficult for anyone with a small child or infant to eat there.
Basically, you can bring your kids to this Monterey, Calif. restaurant, but it won’t provide high chairs or booster seats or allow strollers, reports KSBW.com.
Oh, and noisy, crying kids aren’t allowed in the dining room, per a sign posted at the eatery reading:
— NO STROLLERS —
— NO HIGH CHAIRS —
— NO BOOSTER SEATS —
Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.
So if you happen to have a young, perfectly-behaved, silent child who can sit on her own and doesn’t need a stroller to get where you’re going, you’re fine, and you should probably alert the media because your kid must be an alien. Or an adult.
Otherwise, it’s a no-go, says the owner. He adds that despite criticism from some offended parents, he’s keeping the rules as is. Don’t like it? Not his problem — there are plenty of other places to eat, he says.
“If a place has the rules, that’s what the rules are,” the owner told the news station. “You go in and abide by the rules or you find a place more suitable for you.”
And despite any angry parents, he says business is doing just fine without catering to kids.
“Well, let’s put it this way — I haven’t had a down year for over 20 years and our business continues to grow,” he explains.