Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
An Italian restaurant in Washington State is grabbing headlines after it was discovered giving a “well-behaved kids” discount to a family whose children impressed the staff with their good manners. More from The Huffington Post:
To Laura King, her three children were acting normal while enjoying dinner at an Italian restaurant in their hometown in Washington state.
But staffers of the restaurant Sogno di Vino in Poulsbo were so impressed with her children’s table manners during their Feb. 1 dinner that they thanked her kids and gave the family of five a bowl of ice cream.
It wasn’t until King got home that that she noticed a $4 “well behaved kids” discount on her receipt to cover the dessert. A friend posted a picture of the receipt on the website Reddit, and the story took off.
“The server said staff didn’t even know there were kids at the table,” said King, whose children are 2, 3, and 8 years old.
King said it’s been entertaining to see all the attention her story has gotten, and she plans to dine at Sogno di Vino again soon.
Sogno di Vino owner Rob Scott said servers have the discretion to offer a discount to customers, adding that this wasn’t the first time well-behaved kids have been rewarded. What was different this time was that one of the staffers wrote it out in the receipt.
“It was just an act of kindness,” Scott said.
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
A new study by the ABC News program 20/20 has revealed the 10 most germ-ridden spots in a typical American restaurants, revealing information that families will want to take into consideration next time they go out to eat. An ABC reporter went undercover into 10 restaurants in 3 states, taking swabs of various surfaces and submitting them for laboratory analysis.
See the ABC News report for the full list, but here are a few that are of particular note for families:
- Ketchup bottles: Though they are low on the list (#9), the bottles do rank.
- Tabletops: The reporter discovered that some parents actually change kids’ diapers at restaurant tables, leading to major germiness.
- Menus: Staph bacteria and the germs that cause strep throat were found on multiple restaurant menus.
- Seats: These ranked #1 on the list, because restaurants rarely sanitize them.
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., which identifies itself on its website as a “fine casual dining” establishment, has instituted a new policy banning children under 6 from dining in the restaurant. As The Huffington Post reported:
In an email sent to customers, owner Mike Vuick wrote, “Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain’s Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. We feel that McDain’s is not a place for young children. Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.”
Some customers are outraged at the new policy, which is not prohibited by law. The Pittsburgh news channel WTAE quoted one mother, Stephanie Kelley:
Kelley’s son, Jameson, is 13 months old. She had planned a July 16 dinner outing at McDain’s with a group of 20 visiting family members from North Carolina, but Vuick told her he would not take the reservation if she plans to bring young Jameson. “We really enjoy eating at McDain’s, and Jameson is very well-behaved,” Kelley said. “If they’re so concerned about noise, what do they plan to do about the loud people at the bar?”
But others support Vuick’s right to deny service if young children disturb the atmosphere he’s trying to create in his restaurant. “”It’s up to him. If he thinks they’re a problem under 6, then I think the patrons should abide by that,” Suzanne Swigart told WTAE.
Recently Malaysia Airlines banned young children from their first class cabin, and in March, former Top Chef contestant Dale Levitski banned children from brunch at his Chicago restaurant.
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