A restaurant in California is making waves for its firm stance on children: Those crying or making loud noises are not allowed in the dining room.
Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey has been in business since 1950 and is known for its quiet dining atmosphere, owner Chris Shake says. However, to ensure that the fine-dining establishment stays that way, the Grotto posted a sign outside the restaurant.
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.”
Though Shake points out the policy — and the sign — have been in place for years, it has recently been gaining attention because of a posting on social media.
“Whoa. I’ve never seen this before. I’m canceling my reservation at the restaurant after seeing this picture on Yelp — and I will not even have my toddler,” Angela Espinoza wrote in a Facebook group for Bay Area moms, Fox 11 reported.
On Yelp, the restaurant has pulled mixed reviews, with some criticizing the move as “discriminatory” and others praising the restaurant for its strong stance.
“No kids sign I saw is the sole reason this should be 0 [stars]. I don’t care if the owners do charity and give to the community. People seem to think charity gives them an excuse to do whatever they want — it’s quite two faced to be discriminatory while pretending you’re actually a bedrock of the community. Wish I had noticed this sign earlier bc I never would have spent $ here,” one reviewer wrote on Yelp.