Nettie's House of Spaghetti recently caused debate after announcing that they will no longer be allowing children under the age of 10 to dine in their establishment.
Taking kids to a restaurant is on a case-by-case basis for most parents. What works for one kid and family may not work for another. It's important for parents to do their research to find out if a restaurant is kid-friendly or if there will be dirty looks when they walk in with a stroller or toddlers. Recently, a popular New Jersey restaurant, Nettie's House of Spaghetti, has caused debate over its decision to ban children under the age of 10 from dining. Nettie's House of Spaghetti announced on their Facebook page, explaining their reasoning behind the change. They noted that “noise levels” and “cleaning up crazy messes” were not worth the trouble. They also said they loved kids but found it challenging to accommodate them.
Naturally, their post met with disapproval from parents. Some thought the move was sensible, while others thought it was too drastic. One user brought up an interesting point, asking if the "no young kids" rule meant parents would have to spend more money on a sitter. If that's the case, many parents might opt to make dinner at home or order takeout instead.
However, there were some who supported Nettie's House of Spaghetti. One user voiced their support, noting that kids are out of control and that disregard for manners and common decency is unreal. The restaurant responded, saying that kids running around with no supervision has made the entire environment a legal risk for the Italian food spot. Another supporter voiced their appreciation for the rule on the restaurant's Instagram, saying that it gave them a reason to go check out their restaurant.
It's comprehensible why Nettie's had to take such a harsh measure. However, others wonder how they will enforce it - will they be carding elementary school kids at the door? Parents need to make sure their kids stay at their table, keep a normal level of volume and help clean up any mess if they take them to a restaurant. If parents can not keep their kids under control, they should stay home and find activities like mini-magnet tiles and sticker books to keep them entertained.
Not every restaurant can be kid-friendly, but taking measures to make it cordial can help businesses and help parents stay sane. Ultimately, it is up to the parents to judge whether or not their kid is ready for a night out at a restaurant. For now, it looks as though the restaurant is taking control and making a statement about what it deems to be an enjoyable dining experience. Whether or not you agree with the policy, it is important to remember that the restaurant is trying to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of its customers.