More food for thought--the governmen'ts role:
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
That's what babies do! It's when they're toddlers and getting mobile that things become difficult.
My kids were great in restaurants, but I also didn't expect them to last hours & hours either.
“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
ITA. My kids, who are far from perfect, never did stuff like that. We just didn't allow it and would not have taken them out if they behaved that way at home. Good manners begin at home.And yeah, no 18 month old can sit thru a 2 hour dinner unless s/he is asleep!