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Monterey Restaurant’s ‘No Noisy Kids’ Policy Has Parents Pouting

MONTEREY (CBS) — A popular tourist eatery in Monterey has a “no noisy children” policy and some parents think it’s unfair.

The owner of Old Fisherman’s Grotto insists, it’s not hurting his bottom line.

It’s not just noise that’s not welcome. Strollers, high chairs, and booster chairs are not allowed.



To many, it’s not exactly a “welcome sign.”

Niki Riviere said she couldn’t get a high chair for her 6-month old.

“I’m completely shocked because I never had that happen,” said Riviere. “Usually they least have a high chair for the child, but it seemed like they didn’t want any child… they said the child can’t make any noises in there, so they turned us away.”

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the Monterey peninsula’s biggest tourist attractions.

Restaurant owner, Chris Shake, said he doesn’t care if some people are offended. “If you don’t like it, eat somewhere else,” said Shake. “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 that’s more suitable to your dining.”

Shake insist the rules haven’t hurt his bottom line. “Well, let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year in over 20 years… our business continues to grow,” he said.

Shake said the policy has been in place for two years and they’ve had two signs up since then. They recently added a third.

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