One sign in a California restaurant is causing a bit of a stir. The establishment has banned crying children from its dining room.
The Old Fisherman’s Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey has installed signs saying children making loud noises are a distraction to other customers. It adds that children making noise or crying will not be allowed in its dining room.
The restaurant’s policy, which is also outlined on its website here, has caused controversy among parents on the wharf who say that the signs are offensive.
Reports are that the restaurant has had two signs posted for the past couple years and only recently added a third. In an interview for Monterrey TV outlet KSBW, customer Niki Rieve said that she was turned away from the restaurant because they would not provide her with a high chair for her six-month-old daughter. She 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.
But restaurant owner Chris Shake said he is backing the signs and that if customers don’t like the policy they can eat elsewhere. He said: ‘Let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year for over 20 years. Our business continues to grow.’