A popular restaurant in Monterey, Calif., has a “no noisy children” policy.
Tourists say they don’t think it’s fair, but the owner says it’s not hurting his bottom line.
The sign at Old Fisherman’s Grotto, located at the popular tourist destination Fisherman’s Wharf, reads: “No strollers, no high chairs, no booster chairs,” and “Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said tourist Teresa Colombani. “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.”
“I would probably not go there to not deal with that sort of atmosphere and it surprises me because this is a family place to go with your kids for vacation,” said tourist Kelly Lozano.
Chris Shake, the owner of Old Fisherman’s Grotto, says he doesn’t care if some people are offended. If you don’t like it, eat somewhere else.
“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.
Niki Riviere is one of those people. She says she couldn’t get 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 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.”
And Chris Shake says he is OK without her business, saying that the rules don’t affect his bottom line.
“Well let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year in over 20 years, our business continues to grow,” he said.
The owner says this policy has been in place for two years and they’ve had two signs up since then. The recently added a third.