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Popular NorCal Restaurant Sparks Debate After It Bans Noisy Kids, Strollers and High Chairs

A screaming baby or a child running through a dining room is never a pleasant sound or sight for diners, but one Northern California restaurant has decided to do something about the behavior of its pint-sized diners.

A sign outside Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey, California advises restaurants that no strollers, high chairs or booster chairs are allowed inside. (Credit: KSBW)

A sign outside Shake’s Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey, California advises restaurants that no strollers, high chairs or booster chairs are allowed inside. (Credit: KSBW)

Shake’s Old Fisherman’s Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey has banned loud children from its dining room. A sign out front reads: “Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”

In addition to banning noisy kids, the sign also prohibits strollers, high chairs and booster chairs. Diners looking for a peaceful, quiet meal may let out a sigh of relief, but those with small children may see it as just another way of saying: “You’re not welcome here.”

“I’m completely shocked because I never had that happen,” customer Niki Riviere told KSBW-TV. She left after not being able to get a high chair for her 6-month-old baby. “Usually they cater, at least have a high chair for the child, but it seemed like they didn’t want any child. They said the child can’t make any noises so they turned us away.”

 Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.


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