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Restaurant Creates Controversial No-Kids Policy: Is This Fair?

Restaurant Creates Controversial No-Kids Policy: Is This Fair?

Though having a dinner alone for most parents can seem next to impossible, there’s one restaurant that believes every parent should know the joy of having a strictly adult dinner without having to worry about kids nearby. A sushi restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia has instated a controversial policy only allowing adults aged 18 and over to eat at their restaurant.

Today reports about the restaurant’s child ban and how the community is receiving the news. The restaurant, called The Sushi Bar, has a small sign on display outside the restaurant that states they are a kids-free establishment and parents who don’t see the sign are gently reminded by front of house staff if they attempt to be seated with their children.

Owner of the restaurant and father of 3 kids, Mike Anderson, explains why he chose to make his restaurant a kids-free zone. He says, “We thought, ‘These poor parents—they’re helicopter parents, God love ’em—they’re always doing this and that with their kids, and we thought, they need a break.’ Not so much a break from their kids, but adjoining kids.” He adds, “We thought it might be nice to have a place where young parents can come down and reconnect.”

General manager at an elegant yet kid-friendly Italian joint in California, Tom Spano, believes it is not right to ban children from a restaurant even if it is considered finer dining. Spano says, “I think it’s ridiculous. If a child is misbehaving and it’s that much of an issue, you can ask the parents to remove the child from the restaurant.” But in his 20 years of restaurant experience he also adds that he has only had to ask parents to quiet screaming children maybe 2 or 3 times. He adds, “I do feel like some people have forgotten about restaurant manners and etiquette, but for the most part, it’s not an issue.”

What do you think of the sushi restaurant in Virginia that has banned children from the restaurant?

Do you think no-kids policies at restaurants are fair?

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  • WondMom By WondMom
    06.27.13  

    I have a 5year old son, and I do not see an issue with the ban. If we have a family dinner, we go to a family friendly resturant. I do not want to bother other people at a resturant that is not family friendly, and if my husband and I get a night out, I do not want to deal with other peoples unruley children.

  • rebekah_miller By rebekah_miller
    07.01.13  

    I think it is 100% fair, though I think it is a bit risky as you may limit your crowd and lower business. However, adults without kids is a big market so I'm not sure if it'll hurt a business too much as it actually may draw in more customers.

  • katiemwebb By katiemwebb
    07.05.13  

    I don't see an issue with it. Sometimes it is nice for adults to have a place to go. I should say too that yes I am a mother.

  • PrettyIcePrincess By PrettyIcePrincess
    07.19.13  

    I also don't see a problem with this. There's a whole lot of other places where I can go with my boys.

  • ltconley By ltconley
    08.02.13  

    i see nothing wrong with it, seriously what kid eats sushi? and what parent takes their child to a nice sushi reasturant?? not this mom, i pay for enough kids meals that never get eaten i surely would embrace a nice no kids dinner!! and i think its great for people who dont have children, they know that its a reasturant they can go to with no "kid fits". its not wrong for some people to just want a kid free zone!

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