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.
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