Restaurant invites scorn with ‘no loud kids’ sign; is it offensive?

Grotto1A California restaurant has managed to offend plenty of customers with restrictions on an unlikely group — children.

Old Fisherman’s Grotto, located in the popular family tourist town of Monterey, recently posted a sign prohibiting strollers, high chairs, booster seats, loud kids and crying babies, according to local NBC affiliate KSBW. Tots in violation of the eatery’s noise rules will be asked to leave.

Some prospective patrons are less than pleased.

“I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants, and if you don’t take them to them, they don’t know how to behave, and they shouldn’t be kept hidden away, so I think it’s ridiculous,” local tourist Teresa Colombani told KSBW. “Kids should be allowed in restaurants.”

The restaurant’s owner, Chris Shake, stands by his decision.

“If a place has the rules, that’s what the rules are,” he told KSBW. “You go in and abide by the rules, or you find a place more suitable for you.”

The restaurant posted two of these signs two years ago, adding a third just last month. Shakes told the TV station that business has never been better and “continues to grow.”

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Amanda Shea


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