Pennsylvania Restaurant Bans Kids Under 6

The owner of a Monroeville, Pennsylvania restaurant has told his customers that they need to be 6 and up in order to be admitted. No exceptions, according to a Pittsburgh TV station. “We feel that [our restaurant] is not a place for young children,” the owner, Mike Vuick, said to customers in an e-mail. “Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.”


“You know, their children – maybe as it should be – [are] the center of their universe,” Vuick continued. “But they don’t realize it’s not the center of the universe.” (July 2011)


I have several friends that have expressed their outrage at this.

Am I the only one who isn't bothered by it - and am in fact in support of it? Even though I have kids, I love the few kid-free nights I have with my husband. As a consumer, I love choice and if, one one of my rare nights out wihtout my daughter, I want a quiet dinner, I think I should be able to choose that. If I am out with my daughter, I'd go somewhere else.

If kids can be banned from bars (because it's not an appropriate atmosphere for kids) why can't they be banned from a restaurant for the same reason?


Even though I'm a parent to a toddler and a preschooler, and occasionally like to take them out to eat, I'm on Mike Vuick's side. I wrote a short post about why I feel that really, the restaurant banned dumb parents, not kids. Here's why I feel that way: