Many here have said…
It should be up to the Restaurant…
But alas it isn’t.
There was such a case here in Eastern Ontario a few years back… when the patrons showed up with Reservations at a Wine Bar, things didn’t go so well when the establishment determined that one of those with “a Reservation” was an infant 3 months of age.
The Restaurant told the Mom that their Restaurant wasn’t set up for Infants (no diapering / change facilities for example), and it wasn’t the environment they were trying to create for their Customers
The Woman filed a lawsuit against the Restaurant with the Ontario Human Rights Commission… and WON an out-of-court settlement (Discrimination based on age)
So even tho the response / support to this case was HUGELY in favour of the Restaurant… people responding to local Media / Newspapers / Radio / Tv etc
It turned out that the Restaurant and the Customers who are looking for an “adult atmosphere” don’t legally have a leg to stand on.
It is refreshing therefore to read here, that most Bees at least employ common sense on this front, and wouldn’t bring along their little ones to a Restuarant that is marketed more towards Adults / Special Events / Date Night etc.
I know I’d be really ticked if I was in what I consider an Adult Venue, and had a screaming Baby or running around Toddler interferring with the enjoyment of my evening. I expect that in a “family” styled Restaurant, but then I am also paying a lot less. I also like kids, so I’m ok with that as I know what to expect going in.
BUT, if I am paying $ 50 or more per person for the experience / night out etc… then I don’t so much want kids around (sorry)
However, as proven out by the Ontario case / judgement, I also now know that the Restaurant’s hands are tied… and that there is little they can do about it
The choice ultimately is mine… put up with it… or leave.
Sad state of affairs if you ask me when ONE person in a Restaurant Setting (lol, not even a paying customer at that) gets to dictate what happens to everyone else in the venue who is.