A popular Sydney family restaurant has banned iPads and iPhones, as well as colouring books, board games and building blocks from the table.
Pazar Food Collective, a Turkish-Mexican fusion restaurant in Canterbury, wants parents to “engage with their children” and for families to be “involved with the food and experience”.
Pazar’s owner, Attila Yilmaz, took to social media after one family left a mess by drawing on napkins and the table.
“It’s very upsetting to all of us, there was no, ‘Oh sorry about that’, the parents just laughed and said they’re just kids,” he told the Herald Sun.
“It’s an expectation that we are there to clean up that mess, and we are to an extent, but there’s also a thing called human decency and respect.”
“Reasonable use of your camera to capture memories will be accepted and not discouraged as long as it doesn’t interfere with the dining experience of others,” he said. “Sure take a couple of snaps, but you wouldn’t go to the movies on your phone and sit there texting away, you would be asked to put it away.”
“There’s a time and a place for everything, and when it’s date night for me, the last thing I want to do sit next to kids with their iPads going,” Mr Yilmaz said. “People often get upset when we are firm on having children seated, we do want kids at the restaurant, and we do love your kids; just not as much as you do.”
He adds, “Too often has been the case over recent years we are witnessing a disconnect with not only some (not all!) parents and their children when dining but also a disconnect with children and the food. As is often the case we see children of all ages , toddlers to teens, entering the restaurant, fixated to their devices before they are even seated. They have no interest in the food and are encouraged to sit, be quiet, immerse themselves in someone else’s imaginary gaming world.
“There have been times when in our front dining room (seats 65 guests) has been illuminated by the glow of up to 12 devices. The children aren’t interested in the food and at times barely even eat (We also hate waste).
“Activity back packs with colouring books, building blocks, board games and puzzles strewn across the tables before we can even offer a menu and at times a blanket on the floor under the table so the children have a place to play, nap or hide the McDonalds or Nando’s that the parents smuggled in.
“Not to mention texta and crayon marks all over the tables and toys, building blocks etc thrown onto the floor or onto other diners tables.”
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