A restaurant has banned children under the age of 10, saying while they love kids, they need to ‘take control’ of the chaos that’s been unfolding.
Nettie’s House of Spaghetti in New Jersey has taken a firm stance on young children dining at the restaurant, but says the decision wasn’t taken lightly.
“We love kids,” the Italian restaurant wrote in a social media post.
“We really, truly, do. But lately, it’s been extremely challenging to accommodate children at Nettie’s. Between noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant, we have decided that it’s time to take control of the situation.
“This wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, but some recent events have pushed us to implement this new policy. As of March 8, the day we return from our winter break, we will no longer allow children under 10 to dine in the restaurant.
“We know that this is going to make some of you very upset, especially those of you with very well-behaved kids, but we believe this is the right decision for our business moving forward.
Thank you for understanding.”
The post attracted thousands of shares and comments, with some supporting the move and others voicing their disappointment.
“Fantastic idea… having worked in the industry since I was 14, I’ve never seen anything like I have in the recent past. Kids are out of control and most parents are oblivious,” wrote one commenter.
The restaurant responded saying, “It’s become a liability to us – kids running around the restaurant in circles when we’re trying to carry trays of food and drinks has made doing our jobs extremely difficult.”
However, one mum wrote, “That is really sad to hear. I was looking forward to trying out your place but with a well behaved 9 year old I’m not welcome .. sad ..”
However another mum was in complete agreement with the decision.
“About a half dozen people have sent me this post in the last 24 hours expecting me to be outraged because: 1) Nettie’s is our favourite restaurant 2) We have a 3 year old daughter. I’m definitely not outraged and agree with Nettie’s 1000%.
“We’ve never even considered taking our toddler to Nettie’s – we want to enjoy our fng dinner, need a breather, and assume everyone else there feels the same. Not the correct environment for a kid anyway. If you can afford a pricy spaghetti dinner you can also afford a babysitter. End of story – if parents are getting so worked up over something so trivial maybe it’s time for them to reevaluate their entitlement.”
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