Parents are up in arms after a Monterey, California, restaurant banned strollers, high chairs, booster seats and crying or loud children, calling them a “distraction to other diners.”
Customer Niki Riviere told KSBW that she was turned away from Old Fisherman’s Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf after they refused to give her a high chair for her 6-month-old daughter and said the infant "can't make any noises."
A new sign in the restaurant says, “No strollers. No high chairs. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”
"I'm completely shocked because I never had that happen," Riviere said. "Usually they cater, at least have a high chair for the child, but it seemed like they didn't want any child. They said the child can't make any noises so they turned us away."
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The restaurant owner, Chris Shake, told KSBW that if diners don’t like the rules they can eat somewhere else.
"If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are," Shake said. "You go in and abide by the rules or you find a place more suitable for you."
"I would probably not go there to not deal with that sort of atmosphere,” tourist Kelly Lozano said. “It surprises me because this is a family place where you go with your kids for vacation.”
"I think it's ridiculous," tourist Teresa Colombani told KSBW. "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. Kids should be allowed in restaurants."
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Shake doesn’t believe the rules will hurt business.
"Well let's put it this way, I haven't had a down year for over 20 years," Shake said. "Our business continues to grow."
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