Houston restaurant La Fisheria has banned children under the age of eight after 7:00 PM. The restaurant posted an announcement to Facebook yesterday, writing "We are a family friendly restaurant, and we also respect all of our customers so we introduce this new policy to the restaurant." The restaurant does have a kids' menu, but it's only available before the 7:00 PM cutoff. Below, local news KHOU looks for angry parents who object to the policy and doesn't really find any.
KHOU says the policy was instituted after the restaurant received complaints from customers about noisy kids. Chef Aquiles Chavez says his customers have thanked him, that they know "at the end of the day, you're thinking of us." And indeed, responses to the Facebook announcement are almost entirely positive. There are a couple objectors — "I find it ironic they say family friendly, when the new rule is anything but that" — but mostly people are saying things like "We support you! I'm sick of going out for a nice meal & having it ruined by kids!"
One commenter wonders, "How can you differentiate between a small 9 and 10 year old and a tall 6 or 7 year old? Are parents now required to bring their child's birth certificate with them to verify age? Will servers now be required to make an intelligence and speech assessment?" Good questions all and totally not over thinking the situation.
Here's the La Fisheria announcement:
LA FISHERIA AFTER 7:00PM....
After 7:00 pm, people over eight years old only.
For your understanding,
We are a familly friendly restaurant, and we also respect all of our customers so we introduce this new policy to the restaurant.
thanks for your understanding.