Restaurant Bans Kids

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Restaurant Bans Kids
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 8:45am

The Sushi Bar, a just-opened restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. got ample press, even before it opened. There's no hotshot chef in the kitchen or gimmicky menu items that are getting the public talking, though. Instead, The Sushi Bar is igniting a fierce debate on the always contentious topic of children in restaurants. The restaurant has banned all kids under age 18.

Owner Mike Anderson, who has three children himself, told that the policy was meant to offer a break for "helicopter parents." The restaurant plans to enforce the ban through a small sign on the front door, and the front of the house staff will also inform unaware parties. He's not going to go crazy with enforcement, though. “We’re not going to call the police,” he said.

What do you think? Would you go to a restaurant that banned children under 18?

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 10:09am

I probably wouldn't go to a restaurant that banned children because when we go out to eat, we like to take our children. However, I don't have a problem with this policy for the parents who choose to take a night off without their children.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 2:14pm

Now that I don't have any little ones myself, I might go to a restaurant that banned children. However, they would tend to be upscale, yuppie-style restaurants - and I have never been to one of those, and probably never will.

I have no problem with children and I am a sucker for babies - but perhaps they should ban the parents that just let their kids run wild and bother others.

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 6:04pm

They would never get my business. If my child isn't welcome, neither am I.

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 06-10-2013 - 7:30am

A lot of restaurants already do this.  Not thru signs and admonitions from the wait staff, but thru pricing, reputation, etc.  Young children shouldn't eat sushi anyway.  If there's a demand, the restaurant will survive.  If not, it won't.  It's catchy, something to bring in customers for a while.  I don't think every place has to be child-friendly.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 06-10-2013 - 9:24am

I agree with Witch_Power on this point: it's not the kids who should be banned, but their bad parents. It really isn't that hard to teach a 4 year old to sit during meals. You just have to persevere at home.

And to answer the OP's question, yes, I'd eat at a restaurant like this, and might even bring my just-turned 18 year old daughter.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 06-10-2013 - 9:31pm

Sure, I would eat there. My kids are adults now but even when they were little I would have gone there on a child-free night. There are plenty of other restaurants (sushi or other foods) that allow or even cater to kids; and adults who want a child-free dining experience should have some options besides really fancy restaurants, and bar-type places.