Houston Restaurant Bans Kids Under 9 During Dinner Hours

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Texas Restaurant Bans Children 7 and Under During Dinner Hours
The rule in business is supposed to be, "The customer is always right." But when two different sets of customers are looking for mutually exclusive experiences, something's got to give.

In the case of Houston restaurant La Fisheria, a supposedly family-friendly establishment, that has meant instituting a ban on children under 9 after 7 p.m., so that customers looking for a meal that doesn't come with a free side order of unruly young'uns can eat in peace.

The new policy, posted at the door and also on the restaurant's Facebook page, reads:

LA FISHERIA AFTER 7:00PM....

After 7:00 pm, people over eight years old only.
For your understanding,
Thank you.

We are a family friendly restaurant, and we also respect all of our customers so we introduce this new policy to the restaurant.
thanks for your understanding.


Based on interviews done by local Houston news outlets, response is predictably mixed: Some people are thrilled, and think more restaurants should follow suit; others say they won't patronize again La Fisheria at any hour -- kids menu or no.

In an interview on KHOU 11 News, executive chef Aquiles Chavez explained, "We find children that are crying, some kids, they are running under the tables, and our customers don't like [it]. ... Seven o'clock is not a time for children, especially when we serve drinks and wine."

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mhawklet

Sorry, I beg to disagree. Children under 8 should be at home after 7 p.m., getting their evening bath, quieting down and getting to bed by 8-8:30 p.m. Too many children at staying late at night at young ages, and have trouble getting up the next morning for school or daycare. Little ones get cranky and antsy when it's close to bedtime.

Children needs rules and structure. Having dinner out at 8 p.m. should not be an option for little ones.

August 01 2014 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beachside

instead of banding kids, maybe you should think about making a family section at a certain hour for families with kids.

November 21 2013 at 9:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lance Arrendale

bout time!!! What happened to baby sitters anyway? Those parents with kids running around (and you know who you are) should know better.

And If you can't afford a sitter, then you probably shouldn't be eating out anyway.

August 18 2013 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redhandmedia

They'll be packed..now if we could gert that for the movie houses..*sigh*

August 15 2013 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
selective50

Kids should be at home. A good meal at a table with the parents. Dinner can be a time for learning
social skills, etc. A restaurant is not a place for kids to play. Manners are needed, which few kids of today have any understanding.

August 13 2013 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Artie

This issue i really s a non starter and a matter of common sense. There are a million restaurants out there. Very few of them actually ban kids. However, some of your more trendy and upscale establishments might. I totally respect those that do restrict kids under a certain age or at certain dining hours. Adults looking for a nice quiet relaxing dining experience or even a break from their onw kids don't want to have to put up with noisy and often disruptive behavior of some one elses kids. Kids are only cute to their own parents when they get out of control. There are plenty of other restaruants and eateries that cater to families with kids. No one should have a problem with this.

August 13 2013 at 12:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
exnyorker

Soon, places will begin instituting weight restrictions (FAT people just RUIN my appetite), disability restrictions (that clanking of old people using walkers grates on my nerves),. . . . .

August 12 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
casslsax

I have 2 boys, 1 is under the age of 9. They are usually very well behaved and if they aren't, we leave (hasn't happened since around the age of 5). However, I have been out to eat many times where other kids are running around and screaming. Their parents are too busy socializing to notice. I totally understand why restaurants are implementing this rule. People are paying not only for the food, but to ENJOY it.

Of course it would be better if businesses could just kick these families out, but then it would end up as a top story on HuffPost and everyone would bash them. A blanket "7 after 7" rule is easier.

August 10 2013 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

Unfortunately this generation thinks everyone is enamoured with their kids and have no respect for other people...too bad for the few who do discipline theirs...

August 10 2013 at 1:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
mgnficntoz

I enjoy treating others to the humorous antics of my children. Be it the little one crying loudly or the twins arguing over who touched them or sat in their seat it's fun for other patrons and they should have the right to be exposed to their company. I particularily enjoy the teens shooting the paper off of their straws and seeing where it will wind up. Sometimes we get lucky and it lands on someone else's plate or runsinto their face.. I laughed all the way home when my oldest caught a fly and put it in the half empty salt shaker. Hilarious! The little dickens!

August 10 2013 at 11:12 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply