What do you think about childless restaurants?

The other day I saw a news story about a restaurant out of Texas that had banned children. Not just banned after certain hours, but banned them entirely. I read the story, and this wasn’t the first story I’d seen about children being banned from restaurants, but this particular one was also a bar. The owner commented that too many parents would get drunk and let their children run around unsupervised. The owner said it’s a hazard for the restaurant as a small business who can’t afford the liability of unsupervised children, but also a safety hazard to the children, the staff and other patrons.

After reading the story, I read the comments to see if anyone else felt the same way I did. I’d say it was about 50/50 for and against the banning of children. Here is my perspective on it. I have kids. I know what a handful they can be. When I want a date night with my husband and I leave my children home, I don’t want to spend the evening listening to someone else’s children screaming, running around, climbing on tables or stealing food off my plate. Yes, all of these things have happened on date nights with my husband.

I would certainly give my business to a nice restaurant where children are not allowed. Some of the comments said “child-haters” (their words, not mine) can go to clubs or bars if we don’t wish to be around children. Well, the problem with that is, I don’t like bars and clubs. I don’t want to scream over loud music and drunks so my husband and I can have a conversation, nor should I have to. I think it’s a great idea to have adult only theaters and restaurants. Who wants to sit through a two hour long movie with a kid kicking their chair the entire time? Again, something that happens almost every time I go see a movie, whether it’s rated PG or R.

This isn’t about taking anything away from families. There are still tons of places for families.

So what do you think? Would you frequent a childless restaurant or would you boycott?

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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