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Gourmands demand politically incorrect dishes be renamed

If you want to order "gypsy schnitzel," "whore's spaghetti," and "n**** bread" in Austria, you better do it quickly. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce and a restaurant association have moved to ban "discriminatory"-named foods from menus.

The reason, the groups say, is that the dishes point to a past where such names were acceptable. Said Alexander Pollak, a spokesman for Austrian equality organization SOS Mitmensch, to the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper, "Discrimination is no laughing matter, even when it happens unwittingly or because of tradition."

To avoid taking the politically incorrect items off menus forever, the groups have come up with new, less offensive names: "n**** bread" would be changed to "very dark bread," and "gypsy schnitzel" would be changed to "cutlet with pepper sauce," among others, reports Business Insider. However, not all are thrilled with the idea of changing the names. The president of a Tyrolean gastronomy association, Harold Ultsch, said the proposal would overhaul traditional dishes.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.


Why Restaurants Are Banning Kids

No, the owners of Hampton Station were not advertising their love of the classic Mountain Goats song rather, they were implementing an informal kids ban. The backlash was extraordinary, reports WKRG.

"I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip,” Hampton Station owner Troy Taylor told WKRG. "We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others. I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. �use this is my livelihood."

Taylor later told the Miami Herald that his concerns about the restaurant&aposs proximity to a busy highway motivated the ban, not necessarily loud noises or smashed crayons. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," he said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again."

Many parents didn&apost see the ban this way, but rather as a nasty attack on families. One Yelp user Lisa G. commented on the restaurant&aposs page, "Shame because used to be one of our favorites. Won&apost be back with or without our well behaved youngster!" Matt K. wrote, "No children. All caps. The biggest font, at the top of the door. All after gladly accepting money from families for two years. Rude."

Many Yelp users, however, praised the move. Jess J. wrote, "Hooray to the owners of this place for standing up to a society which says we have to tolerate poorly behaved children. and their absent-minded parents."

Hampton Station isn&apost the first restaurant to draw ire (and praise) for implementing such a ban. In March, upscale Mooresville, N.C. restaurant Caruso’s banned children under the age of 5.

�nning children has always been a topic in the industry and every owner says, ‘I wish I could do it,’” manager Yoshi Nunez told The Washington Post. “Our owner has the full support of the staff. We work here to make a living, too, and we support our owner 100 percent.” Nunez said that after owner, Pasquale Caruso, announced the ban, reservations spiked, going from 50 to 80 diners a day.

Over the past few years, bars and restaurants around the world have implemented gentle to strict children bans, sometimes with weirdly specific parameters. In 2013, Houston&aposs La Fisheria banned children under 8 after 7 p.m. In 2014, Old Fisherman&aposs Grotto in Monterey, Californiadiscouraged the attendance of babies not by enforcing an explicit ban, but by barring the use of strollers and high chairs in the restaurant.

Two food writers with children have mixed feelings about kid bans.

"I&aposm okay with banning kids, as long as it’s clear on the website, so I don’t feel like an idiot for trying to bring mine," says Regan Stephens. "I just feel like there wouldn’t be a need if parents were thoughtful: went to early bird dinners, engaged with their kids, left if there were meltdowns, etc."

Naomi Tomky, who says that children bans are a restaurant&aposs perogative, agrees that going early is one of the best ways to eat out with kids. "If I pay for a babysitter to go somewhere nice for a late, romantic dinner," she says, "I do not want to be next to your kids."

Dining out with kids doesn&apost have to be chaos. Here, we spoke with restaurants about how to make it work.