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Babies Effectively Banned at California Restaurant

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A popular restaurant on Monterey, California's Old Fisherman's Wharf has effectively banned babies by prohibiting use of strollers, high chairs, and booster seats, despite the fact that the wharf is a popular tourist destination for families. Local news station KSBW reports signage at Old Fisherman's Grotto also reserves the right to remove "children crying or making loud noises" from the dining room. The result pretty much translates into a no-babies-allowed policy, without explicitly saying that babies and toddlers are banned from the restaurant.

Old Fisherman's Grotto owner Chris Shake makes no apologies for the policy, telling KSBW that guests should "go in and abide by the rules, or find a place that's more suitable for your dining." Shake notes the signs were first erected two years ago, meaning he was an early adopter of the no-kids practice: In 2013, a Houston restaurant announced it would ban kids after 7p.m.; a popular Brooklyn bar caused controversy earlier this year when it posted signage banning children entirely.

· Restaurant on Monterey Wharf Posts No Loud Kids Sign [KSBW]
· All Kids Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940