A Houston restaurant bans kids after 7 p.m.
I hope they don't kick you out in mid-bite if you arrived at 6:00pm and are still eating at 7pm.
Truth be told, 7pm is too late for my child to eat, anyway, and except for once or twice when he was an infant and slept a lot and didn't eat table food and just slept in his bucket seat through the meal, can't think of a single time I've taken him out to eat at 7pm or later.
But there may be one of those odd situations, such as we're traveling and we've just landed in a time zone where it's only 5pm back home and we don't have a kitchen of our own and need something now sort of thing where it might be appropriate to take our child to a restaurant that isn't McDonald's.
Even then, though, we would choose a restaurant that is a casual eatery, a burger joint or a taqueria or that sort of thing.
I can't really tell what level of dining this Fisheria place is because they don't have prices on their online menu, but they apparently take reservations and I see a few lobster dishes on the menu. Doesn't seem like the kind of place I'd be likely to take my child for dinner anyway. Reservations and my child don't mix because I tend to take my kid out to eat when he's ready to eat and in a perfect, angelic mood, which means for the most part, we take him to places that can handle walk-ins.
So, as a practical matter, this policy wouldn't affect my family. Nevertheless, I'd probably shun this restaurant --celebrity-TV-star-chef and all-- for its poor understanding of hospitality. I'll leave the cooking and serving to you; you leave the parenting to me.
I notice the article says this restaurant has a kids menu. I wouldn't really mind, though, if the kids menu stopped being available after a certain time of day (or at all, for that matter). Their can serve their cheese pizza and chicken nugget and mac and cheese slop only during the bright daylight hours. There's really no reason for a restaurant to cater to the type of patrons to whom this kind of food appeals.
re: The Dairy Queen
"I notice the article says this restaurant has a kids menu. I wouldn't really mind, though, if the kids menu stopped being available after a certain time of day (or at all, for that matter). Their can serve their cheese pizza and chicken nugget and mac and cheese slop only during the bright daylight hours. "
Yes, I think they could accomplish their goal by shutting off the kids menu at 7 and making them eat red snapper pibil with with sweet mashed potatoes and xnipec instead.
Looking quickly at their regular menu, doesn't look like much for kids except those that are sophisticated eaters.
BTW -- the chef at this place is starring in a Mexican reality show about him moving to Houston and opening up the restaurant.
re: The Dairy Queen
I think that a key point is that they couldn't find anyone to complain about the policy.
In the piece, the parents they approached possibly either don't take their kids there ever - so the rule doesn't apply. Or parents who do take their kids to the restaurant do so before 7pm. I imagine in practice, the rule will more so be allowed as a convenient way to turn away "undesirable" parties. If a family with 3 kids, the youngest being 7, show up at 7:30 and appear well dressed, quite, etc - then I imagine they'd have no trouble being seated. However, if someone wants to reserve a table for seven 6 year olds at 7:30, there's an easy way out.
I could also see a restaurant putting put a rule like this if a new business/attraction/sporting facility can into the neighborhood and then they saw an increase in the numbers of kids showing up. Say a new ballet studio was established nearby, and all of a sudden they're getting kids in leotards showing up after class with lots of energy/volume, showing mom new dance moves, etc. I'd be motivated to set a rule in that situation. Either way, there must have been a motivation to set the rule - and there's no reason to think that at this time it's upsetting anyone.
Personally doesn't bother me. Doesn't look like a place you'd really want to take kids under 8 anyway. Yelp has it as 3 dollar signs, which means it's $31-60 per person.
I do find it amusing that the Yelp page also says it's "good for kids" though :) They might want to update that.
And another Houston restaurant tries to cash in on the controversy, such as it is:
Btw, Chavez was a celebrity chef in Mexico with several shows and several restaurants before moving to Houston to open this place.
I haven't been to this place but it's been on my list of places to try; the policy slightly increases the likelihood I'll go.
I live in Houston and think it is just great. Definitely plan to patronize this place! I'm sick of kids running all over restaurants while their parents have their noses in their phones or otherwise ignoring their kids. It's not the kids fault; there is some pretty awful parenting out there and it's been bad for a long time.
I recall a time probably 15 years ago when my husband and I met a a guy who was a new employee at his company and his wife for dinner. They brought their 4 (!) kids with them. The kids were running all over the restaurant, I remember someone coming over and saying something to them and the wife responded: "Good heavens, they're toddlers, what do you expect?" (!!!!!) I wanted to crawl under the table!
Aquiles did not make this decision easily. He is also a parent of young children. But this is not a place that a prudent parent would take their 7 or under child in the evening. There's plenty of time for kids to eat here (and learn about his amazing ceviche) at lunch and early dinner. I applaude the courage it took to make this decision public. And its even more encouraging to see that so many people agree with him.