Now that the door has opened to children, restaurants are experimenting with ways to attract them in droves.
Palmer’s Vine Brook Tavern has a three-course menu for children, with kids getting their appetizer right away and dessert timed with the parents’ entrees so that the younger set stays busy and entertained, he said.
The Local does not have a children’s menu, but does not need one to be family friendly, according to owner Santo.
“What we do have is an approachable menu,” he said. “Kids aren’t that happy with the frozen pizza some restaurants are serving.”
And now more than ever, for busy dual-income parents, eating out is more necessity than luxury, said Santo.
“Working parents weren’t satisfied with takeout pizza and Chinese food,” he said. “They wanted something they could feel comfortable serving their families.”