‘Noisy children’ banned from California restaurant

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MONTEREY, Calif. (PIX11/KSBW) – A restaurant in Northern California is taking a stance against the stroller set.

The restaurant, the Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey, Calif. is no longer allowing strollers, high chairs or noisy children in the dining room.

“I’m completely shocked because I never had that happen, usually they cater,” said mother Niki Riviere, who was refused a high chair for her 6-year-old.  “They said the child can’t make any noises in there, so they turned us away.”

The restaurant is located at Fisherman’s Wharf, one of Monterey’s largest tourist attractions.

The owner of the restaurant, Chris Shake, says he doesn’t care if people are offended.  “Well let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year in over 20 years, our business continues to grow,” Shake told KSBW.

Some comments and reviews on the restaurant’s Facebook page praise the restaurant’s policy, but others are more critical.

“I think it’s not fair because I think little kids deserve to go in there,” tourist Saquoia Barajas told the station.

“I think it’s ridiculous, 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,” said another woman.

According to the restaurant’s website, the eatery was named a Diners’ Choice Winner in 2014.


  • Samm

    I sat through a lobster dinner with a toddler shrieking bloody murder for a half hour! The waiter said he couldn’t do anything, and my companion requested I not go over to speak to the parents. The parents just put their heads down and kept eating. My parents would have removed any of us from the restaurant if we acted like this. It’s parents like these who make bans necessary. Train your children in Chuckie Cheese or McDonalds. Don’t force strangers who simply want to enjoy their meal to be part of your training exercise. It’s not fair.

  • Mark

    Noisy children’ banned from California restaurant? “I ever get out there? Just that qualification alone makes me want to dine there.”

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