By Kara Baskin
Monterey's Old Fisherman's Grotto has banned guests with strollers, high chairs, or booster seats. The Grotto is a touristy spot, so this is a gutsy move. Owner Chris Shake also retains the right to ban children who "cry or make loud noises."
Shake, who's gotten plenty of backlash, says that "if a place has the rules, that's what the rules are ... You go in and abide by the rules or you find a place more suitable for you."
According to a video posted on his restaurant's website, Shake learned the fine art of hospitality from his father, and he's eager to share it with other diners. The site links to his children's policy.
The site also showcases accolades and photos of satisfied customers (none of them babies or children).
He's earned some fans, though. One relieved Yelper wrote yesterday: "KUDOS to this place!! Finally a place where we can eat in peace. All of us deserve to enjoy a nice dinner without being tortured by crying kids.
To the complainers: The place did not say they don't allow kids just not the loud and crying ones. As a parent, if we can't control and discipline our kids, don't bring then out! We need to respect others."
On that note, if you're craving a local place to dine with your kids (where you won't get aggravated stares), here's a handy slideshow.
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