No kids allowed!
We’ve all been there when you go out for a quiet dinner with friends or your partner only to have your conversation interrupted by a screaming baby or a rowdy toddler. Do you empathise with the poor parents who simply want a night off too, or do you judge them, muttering under your breath that they should ‘learn to control their kid or stay at home!’
Well it seems there’s a significant amount of support for kid-free dining as Pennsylvanian restaurant McDain’s has stuck an outright ban on children under the age of six from eating at the restaurant.
Restaurateur Mike Vuick (he’s certainly having his five minutes of fame!) was quoted as saying: “This is not a kid-orientated place.”
My thoughts on this are mixed. As a mum of two young children I love the idea of being able to dine in peace – especially when you’ve forked out for your own babysitter. Last thing you want is to listen to someone else’s kid throw a tantrum.
However, I believe parents aren’t stupid and if they do take their children out to dinner they’ll pick a restaurant that they consider to be ‘child-friendly’. No parent wants to endure the embarrassment of wrestling with a screaming child in a fancy, jam-packed restaurant do they?
Despite the fact that McDain’s promotes itself as a place for ‘cocktails and fine casual dining’ I wonder if it’s viewed differently by diners who perhaps think the ‘slightly dated’ look and feel of the restaurant is perfect for a family dinner.
What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think it’s good news for diners or discrimination against parents with young kids? (Please post below.)
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