Calif. restaurant to parents: Keep your ‘noisy children’ out of our dining room

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MONTEREY, Calif. – Some tourists are complaining about a popular California restaurant's “no noisy children" policy, but the owner says the ban is not hurting his business.

A sign outside the Old Fisherman's Grotto clearly states: “no strollers, no high chairs, no booster chairs -- and children making noise are not allowed in the dining room.”


However, some tourists -- and children -- have been taken aback by the policy. That's because Fisherman's Wharf is one of the Monterey Peninsula's biggest tourist attractions.

"I think it's not fair because I think little kids deserve to go in there," one girl said.

Parent Teresa Colombani said she thinks the ban on brats is just plain ridiculous.

“I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants," she said. "And if you don't take them to them, they don't know how to behave and they shouldn't be kept hidden away... Kids should be allowed in restaurants."

Another woman said she was offended by the "whole crying baby thing."

Mother Niki Riviere said she was stunned when she was unable to score a high chair for her six-month-old.

"I'm completely shocked because I never had that happen. Usually they cater -- at least have a high chair for the child,” Riviere said. “But it seemed like they didn't want any child. They said the child can't make any noises in there, so they turned us away."

Chris Shake, the owner of Old Fisherman's Grotto, said he does not care if some people are offended. In fact, he said if you don't like the policy, find somewhere else to chow down.

"If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining," Shake said.

And he said the controversial rules have not impacted the restaurant’s bottom line.

"Well let's put it this way, I haven't had a down year in over 20 years,” Shake said. “Our business continues to grow."

Shake also pointed out that the current policy has been in place for two years. And since that time, they've recently posted a third sign.



      • wiseman

        Timmy why do you always find something negative to Paula? You are a stupid bully. She got more class than you because she don’t reply to you. Stop being so childish.

      • Timmy McFadden

        Wiseman, you wrote “why do you always find something negative to Paula”. Yes, re-read that sentence. It’s poorly written. Is English your second language? If so, please go back to your home country.

      • wiseman

        You always talking about how people talk. If you pay more attention to your manner maybe just maybe more people might like you. On second thought no we still would not.

      • Rae Weatherford

        Get a life Timmy, seems you have a lot of time on your hands, a lot of bottled up anger, or maybe you offend people just for kicks, whatever the reason, you seem to be a very lonely and pitiful soul, btw how’s my grammar?

  • Timmy McFadden

    I’m fine with this policy. If I’m going to spend money at a restaurant, I don’t want to listen to someone’s larva screaming their lungs out. And another thing, I don’t want to watch a woman breastfeed in public. I think it’s sick listening to your brat slurping away at your udder. Take him or her to the bathroom. Toilet activities belong in the toilet, not in the dining room, ok?

      • Timmy McFadden

        99% of all women have that whole “look at me I’m breastfeeding so I’m a hero” thing going on. Eventually the brat pukes and stinks the whole place up. I don’t like kids.

  • Timmy McFadden

    I noticed all the women they interviewed are filled with a sense of entitlement, i.e., “I’m a Mom, I’m special”. SMH. Women think having a uterus gives them a special license to do whatever they want.

  • Kim Hall

    I think it’s a great policy. No one should be forced to endure someone else’s out-of-control child in a public setting. Policies like this wouldn’t be needed if more people were considerate of others. There are plenty of other family friendly restaurants that children can learn proper restaurant etiquette, and just because they are family friendly, doesn’t mean you should allow your child to stand up in the chairs, scream, cry, or run around while people are trying to eat and enjoy themselves. Parents should be using family friendly restaurants as introductions to proper behavior in that setting. When the child acts out, you get up and remove the child from the dining room and have a chat with them on why it is not okay to act that way. If, as a parent, you can’t see the logic in this, perhaps you all should stay home to eat.

  • Timmy McFadden

    And another thing, I am sick of women using childbirth as an excuse for gaining weight…with that oily hair and giant rear-end is it any suprise that your man or any other man no longer finds you attractive?

  • brittny

    Its funny how everyone that agrees on this policy do not have kids because otherwise you idots would not be agreeing with this stupid policy..

      • brittny

        You all are taking offense to children being in the resturant while you are their think about when you were a child and your parents took you to resturants and you acted out or yelled or screamed in the resturant its no different

  • Jay

    This isn’t just a “no noisy kids” policy, the sign states NO strollers or highchairs or booster seats which translates into No kids allowed. What about kids that are well-behaved? Sorry, not allowed. The owner is the entitled one here. He doesn’t like kids, so he just bans them. He also (in another article) states that strollers are a safety issue, well, what about wheelchairs? Is he banning handicapped people too? Noisy kids are a problem but a blanket ban is not the way.

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