This may be a fairly local story, but the sentiments involved are surely felt across all corners of the country (if not possibly the globe). Mike Vuick -- owner of McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, PA – is making major waves in the foodservice world for sending out a newsletter informing McDain’s patrons of an impending ban on children under the age of six.
“Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain's Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age,” Vuick wrote in an e-mail to those on McDain’s list. “We feel that McDain's is not a place for young children. Their volume can't be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers."
Speaking to Pittsburgh’s Channel 4 News team, Vuick further defended his positon. "I think it's the height of being impolite and selfish,” said Vuick of parents who allow their children to act up in restaurants with little consequence. “Therefore, I instituted a policy. Nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can't control their volume. There may be restaurants that prefer to cater to such things. Not here." Vuick also noted that he would not be making any exceptions.
SEE RELATED STORIES FROM WDM CONTENT NETWORK
- Study Shows Americans Eating More Burgers
- New Blog 'The Bad Deal' Puts Gilt & Groupon on Blast
- The Best in Restaurant Design
- CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST EDITION OF FOOD & DRINK DIGITAL
Some parents are up in arms about the ban, citing discrimination against both parents and children, while others support Vuick and McDain’s Restaurant noting that parents who pay for babysitters shouldn’t have to deal with other people’s children on their date night.
McDain’s restaurant certainly isn’t the first to institute this policy – Eater notes that Top Chef contestant Dale Levitski enacted a similar policy during brunch at his Sprout eatery – but it’s the most recent to attract national attention. While it’s illegal to ban some age classes from restaurants (notably the elderly), young children are not among them.