Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
A restaurant has made the controversial decision to fully ban kids and it has sparked an interesting debate online.
Nettie’s House of Spaghetti in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, said that it wouldn’t be letting children into its restaurants as of next month, as a result of “noise” and “mess” left behind.
In a post, which was shared on social media, the restaurant said: “We love kids. We really, truly, do. But lately, it’s been extremely challenging to accommodate children at Nettie’s.
“Between noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant, we have decided that it’s time to take control of the situation.”
The restaurant said that “recent events” had pushed them to implement the no-kids policy, which would be coming into force from March 9th.
And after announcing the move online, you can imagine how divided the comments were in response…
Some people were big fans of the move, saying that kid free places should be more normalised.
“I love this decision,” said one. “Nothing frustrates me more as a single working mom then when I get the rare chance to go out…and there are kids not only acting up but parents completely oblivious to it.”
Meanwhile another wrote: “This decision is great! First of all, your house, your rules. Second, unfortunately, MANY parents do not control their kids.. they think a restaurant is their playroom. Guess what? It is not!”
“Can more restaurants ban kids please?,” said a third alongside a clapping emoji.
However, not everyone was convinced, with one Instagram follower branding the move “discrimination against families,” as another protested: “Imagine if more establishments started doing the same. That’s just awful. Children are part of the family unit.”
“That is really sad to hear .. I was looking forward to trying out your place but with a well behaved nine-year-old I’m not welcome,” said someone else.
It comes as another eatery recently came under fire for implementing a ‘noisy kid surcharge’.
Yup, Singapore restaurant, Angie’s Oyster Bar & Grill got people talking after one mother received a warning text ahead of her booking, informing her of the ‘surcharge’ they had just put in place.