When customers first walk into the Monterey, California restaurant named “Old Fisherman’s Grotto,” they are greeted by a hostess stand, and on that stand is a sign.
According to a photo on Yelp, the sign reads:
— 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
The woman who posted the photo, Dianna G. said the sign is the reason why she will no longer be dining at that restaurant:
The reason I will never be back. Posted discrimination.
Another mom, who saw the sign on Yelp before honoring her reservation there, told Fox 11 that she canceled her reservation because of the warning, even though her child wasn’t going to be with her.
“The sign is discriminating toward any children who need a booster seat and younger no matter what… I also feel it’s the wording, it’s not nice at all. Maybe ‘adults only’ would be more understandable.”
Dearly reached out to parents on Facebook to see what they thought of the sign.
Here is what some of them had to say:
Seems legit to me!!! as a father of 4 i can’t stand when people bring there loud ass kids out to quiet places. i didn’t do i when my kids were young out of respect for others. and not wanting to be “that guy”!
People it’s a restaurant! I love my kids and grandkids but if I’m out with friends it’s nice to have a place that I don’t have to hear screaming, whining or child noises. It nice to have a place that is quiet and relaxing.
An elegant restaurant where people go to have an intimate dinner with a companion is no place for distracting noise, be it children or babies. There are plenty of family restaurants to choose from, save the top scale restaurant for a time when you can get a sitter for the children.
Didn’t it used to be common manners if your kids became a loud or disruptive in a fine dining establishment. You as a parent removed them. This sign wouldn’t have been needed. I miss those days when people cared about others.
A person chooses to eat in a restaurant. This is the restaurants rules and all patrons should respect them. I personally hate to be in a restaurant and have my evening ruined by screaming kids and or wandering children while parents ignore their behavior.
If parents would teach their children how to behave in public maybe this wouldn’t be necessary. Just sayin.
I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s their business to do what they want. There are other places to eat.
Nothing wrong with this! It’s like when parents take babies to the movies. WHY do they do that? All they do is cry.
When I go out to eat, I want a nice relaxing meal with conversation. If there are noisy children there it is impossible to do that. If parents can’t control their kids, then they should go to Burger King or McDonalds.
The owner of the restaurant, Chris Shake, told Fox 11 that he’s not sorry about the sign, adding that it has actually been good for his business.
“We have many families who dine with us with their children who are well behaved and understand our policy with respect to other diners. What we have found on those who write negative reviews about our policy are those who have not dined here but become offended by the sign and our policy,”
Shake also said that the language of the sign, which has been up for years, was approved by a lawyer despite many calling it discrimination.