Texas Restaurant Bans Kids after 7 P.M.

After an incident with several gregarious children, one Houston restaurant has decided to put the new policy into effect

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La Fishiera

The Houston-area restaurant, La Fishiera, will no longer serve children under the age of 8 past 7 p.m.

First, babies weren’t allowed in first class. Now they’re being banned from some restaurants.

La Fisheria, a Mexican restaurant in Houston, Tex. is the latest eating establishment to put the kibosh on little munchkins who insist on wreaking havoc on fellow patrons. Starting this week, the restaurant will begin enforcing a rule that prohibits any child under the age of eight from dining at the establishment past 7 p.m.

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“We have a lot of complaints from couples who decide to have dinner and the customers say ‘I left my children at my house with the babysitter and we come to the restaurant and see children running around the restaurant screaming and crying,'” co-owner Aquiles Chavez told local ABC affiliate KTRK, who notes that 7 p.m. is when they often begin serving drinks and wine.

According to Death and Taxes magazine, co-owner Ena Niño says the policy was only instituted after several customers walked out after several screaming children created an incident at the establishment.

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Some customers—childless, we assume—are praising the move, saying they welcome the ability to eat and have a few drinks in peace. However, not everyone is on board with the rule. Houston resident Bertran Bilton lamented to local station WFAA, “If I had kids under nine, I definitely wouldn’t support them. I believe families should be able to eat together.”

Several other restaurants across the country have given kids the cold shoulder as well. As Delish reports, “This past June, in Alexandria, Virginia, The Sushi Bar banned those who are 18 and under. Over in Pennsylvania, McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville banned kids under six completely back in 2011.” Harsh.

44 comments
NancyNovakStislow
NancyNovakStislow

I would patronize this restaurant in a heartbeat if I lived there.  I have 5 children and only on a rare occasion did I go out and eat with a friend, maybe once a year and we didn't take kids.  Inevitably, I'd get the table next to one with a screaming toddler!   It made for a miserable meal! I'd love to see more restaurants do this!    Most young kids will not sit quietly through a dinner so why make them?  Go to one of those places with play areas and let the rest of us enjoy our dinner in peace.

KirstenSommer
KirstenSommer

It is not unreasonable to expect a stress free environment in the evening when paying a large bill. Atmosphere is part of the cost. I don't understand why people drag their kids through the grocery store screaming like they are on fire at 1 or 2 or 3 in the morning, from fatigue. If they want family time do it at family hours.

fedupAmerican
fedupAmerican

I am not childless and to assume those who do not want kids bothering them are childless is bull.  Keep your rotten kids at home! when mine were little, if they misbehaved in public, we left.  they are not going to be rewarded for acting like jerks.

Get over the idea we like your kids - we don't! they are rotten and spoiled and you are a crappy parent.

DJSoboti
DJSoboti

I'm making a trip to Houston soon and this place just made THE LIST. The list of places I'm going to try and get to! Hopefully after 7pm. ;)

StephaniePiorkowski
StephaniePiorkowski

Why are kids out that late anyways?  You figure if you are just eating at 7, you will not be done until after 8.  My bed time was 8 until I was around 10.  

Jess
Jess

Why do they assume people who are happy with this rule are necessarily "childless"?  People who are responsible parents would applaud this rule.  And yes, families should eat dinner together, and they can more easily and affordably do it at home without inflicting the pain of their children on everyone else if they weren't too lazy to actually cook.  Too many parents don't have the sense to teach their kids the difference between public space and private space, and courtesy to other people, probably in part because they weren't taught it either.  If they did, there would be no need for a rule like this.  The world doesn't revolve around  your kids and it never well.  The sooner they learn this, the easier it will be for them to assimilate into society without negative repercussions, and they can proceed to be productive rather than disruptive individuals.

CynthiaSouthern
CynthiaSouthern

I was thrilled to read about the La Fisheria restaurant not allowing children under 8 years of age after 7 PM in their restaurant.

Welcome to my world…My husband and I don’t have children by choice. We have quit going out to eat.  Parents do not teach their children manners or discipline them anymore.  Parents think their children must be everywhere, including the bar at a restaurant.  Some rude parents inflict their kids on the public.  They and their kids are terrorists.

We can’t stand loud children and babies in restaurants.  When you complain nothing is ever done.  Restaurants are scared to death that inconsiderate parents will sue them if they are asked to leave

McDains restaurant in PA banned children a year or so ago.  Malaysian Airlines has banned children from its flights and strollers were banned at Comic Con this year. The childfree and parents who want a break from children are sick of loud and disruptive children. Restaurants who have implemented these policies have seen an increase in their patrons and their profits. I hope this is a trend that will continue.


MariaEllenRodriguez
MariaEllenRodriguez

Laughing. Then thats kids.... why don't then banned drunks who act crazy, shouting, fighting, and all that

MariaEllenRodriguez
MariaEllenRodriguez

Good morning, I have 3 kids. 11, 9, n 7 years old. I wouldn't take them to a place that has a rule like that. My 7 year old is special needs n loves to clap n blow kiss... and smile n laugh , he was to live only 30 days n God has Bless us and he is here with us.... I think its crazy you want to say kids under nine... My kids go to bed at 9:00.... If you want go kids around then go to a five star restaurant... If this a family friendy restaurant then deal with it.... I don't agree with kids running around but, if they are crying some,laughin

karsclay
karsclay

@MariaEllenRodriguez 


Um, it's wonderful that you have a special needs child that likes to blow kisses and make noise, but that is your child and you don't  have a right to take him to a full service restaurant and let him/her bother the patrons.  Take him to a restaurant for kids, like McDonald's or get a sitter, that's what responsible parents do when they want to enjoy adult time and pay good money for eating out in a nice establishment.  Children used to be made to behave in public and just because we live in a liberal society where adults don't think their kids should be removed from the premises when they act out noisily or throw a fit and scream and cry does not mean this behavior on the part of permissive parents is OK, it's not, it's rude...and your children don't learn consequences for bad behavior.  Your job is to raise them to be adults and learn proper behavior,  not raise them to be spoiled brats, special or not.  Helen Keller was blind as a child and acted like an animal, until someone responsible taught her how to behave....  Got it?

HoldenMcKrotch
HoldenMcKrotch

Great move! It's about time a restaurant has the sack to stand up to these good for nothing snot-nosed brats. La Fisheria is where you well find me after 7pm on a daily basis! Bravo...BRAVO I SAY!

RickPost
RickPost

Ok remember those children grow up and won't go to that restraunt and neither will the parents.

blkcfy
blkcfy

I am a parent of three adult children and one grandchild.  At 7 at our house, the kids were bathing, reading or being read to, and getting ready for bed.  Even on weekends.  If you consider yourself a good parent, why in the world are you thinking your little darlings should be in a restaurant, after 7 or 8, with adults drinking alcohol????   Many of these restaurants are ones children can't even appreciate.  Call me a curmudgeon, but when my husband and I decide to dress up and splurge spending $300 on a very special anniversary meal at an upscale restaurant, it's kind of ruined when at the next table there's a family in Bermuda shorts demanding a high chair and mac n cheese for their three year old.  Wrong restaurant folks!  Plenty of "family" restaurants around. 

Daghain
Daghain

@blkcfy Right? Little kids need SLEEP. THIS IS WHY YOUR KID IS CRYING AT 8PM. You CHOSE to have a child. Put it to bed at a reasonable hour!

xjumpmanx
xjumpmanx

That is great. I am so sick of kids running amok or crying and screaming when at restaurant. If you can not control the little helions then at least have enough respect for others to not subject them to that crazy. 

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

"If I had kids under nine, I definitely wouldn’t support them. I believe families should be able to eat together.”

this is moronic, families can eat together, just not there. anyone who insists on eating with their family can go somewhere else. customers have a choice on where to eat, no one is being forced to choose to go to this place



Daghain
Daghain

@cjh2nd It's called DINNER AT HOME. Kids learn manners AT HOME, BEFORE you take them out in public. Is this really such a hard concept for people to grasp?