Strollers, Smoking, Kids at Night: Have Restaurant Bans Gone Too Far?

One Toronto family had to find a new place to eat -- but we think the ban makes perfect sense

Folks with kids know the frustrations of dining out as a family. So when you hear that a Toronto restaurant banned strollers, thus royally pissing off one young family, your first reaction might be sympathetic rage, right? 

“We asked to speak to the manager. She said their insurance doesn’t allow for strollers. We were told we had to go because of the stroller," the father of a 16-month-old who was turned away told the Toronto Sun, which reported the story.

But while it was an inconvenience for the family, the restaurant claimed that strollers -- just like skateboards and rollerblades -- in the small space are simply a safety hazard.  

And that totally makes sense to us, especially in a smaller space. Consider a few other practical, sensible recent restaurant bans.

One Houston restaurant implemented a rule against kids under nine at night, claiming their noisy presence disrupts the dining experience for other patrons. And then there's this: San Diego Hooters establishments have banned the presence of their sexual harassment scandal-ridden mayor Bob Filner. (OK, that one just makes us giggle.)

But, like smoking bans around the nation, sometimes restaurant rules -- stroller bans included -- simply make sense to protect the safety and comfort of guests. And we're glad such rules exist, as much as we feel for a family who was forced to find another place for an all-ages breakfast.

And all of this gets us thinking: What would you like to see banned in restaurants? 

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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