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.

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

MariaEllenRodriguez
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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

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

blkcfy
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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
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@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
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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
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"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
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@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? 

JessiesGirl84
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I would NEVER in any restaurant that doesn't allow children!!!  I didn't use babysitters when mine were young!!  They went with us everywhere.  If they weren't welcome, neither were we - or our money!!!  How can children be expected to know how to behave as adults if they're kept in a closet just to appease some whiny, childish adults!!!  Keeping your children under control in public is a must!!  But banning all children because of some irresponsible parents is ridiculous!!  And who knows why these children were crying?  Maybe the food at this particular restaurant is hideous!!!

Daghain
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@JessiesGirl84 You train them AT HOME, you moron. If they don't behave AT HOME, you DON'T take them out in public. PERIOD. This is not rocket science. I get it's hard, but you CHOSE to raise children. Raise them right!

cjh2nd
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@JessiesGirl84 

well good for you. i'm glad you enjoyed taking your kids around and potentially letting them ruin what would have otherwise been a pleasant evening for many people. how is it childish to not want to have some spoiled little brat screaming bloody murder while you're trying to enjoy a relaxing dinner? what's childish is that people like you, who have kids, don't realize that not everyone shares your love or affinity for them. that doesn't make us monsters or bad people, it just means we don't want to deal with your snot-nosed progeny making a scene

CoolBeanzIA
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Why do people think that having children means that everyone else  should accept them? I have 4 children and on the rare occasion they did act up we got up and went outside with them. Unfortunately, that is not what I  see now. Today we were eating in a family restaurant while traveling and a child was having a temper tantrum because Mom wouldn't let him tear open the sweet and lo packets. We had to sit and listen to the brat for 20 minutes, until they finally left. Don't  I have rights when I go out  with my children to have a peaceful dinner?

cjh2nd
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@CoolBeanzIA 

you, ma'am, are a good parent. well done and thank you (and others like you). i'm sick of being told that i'm a bad person for not wanting to listen to some little brat make a scene, or that i "just don't get it" since i don't have kids of my own. so what? if i did, i can sure as s--t tell you i still wouldn't want to put up with that

Caberts
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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.


Never assume....It makes an ASS out of U and ME. I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and NEVER are they allowed to run around screaming in a restaurant. EVER. So if you want to eat as a family? Then make sure your children have the manners needed to be in public with other people. Cause I see WAY too many that aren't. And parents not being parents and teaching them the responsibility. I did it. You can too.

StephaniePiorkowski
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@Caberts Exactly.  When I was a child, if my brothers or I acted out, my parents paid the bill and we left immediately and got a good spanking at home.  We learned our lessons.

MartinHarvey
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@Caberts I don't have kids, don't want kids, and agree with your sentiments totally. I've had dinner at restaurants where families had small children who either were well behaved or the parents were polite enough to take their crying children outside for a few minutes until they calmed down. I don't think anyone in the restaurants begrudged the families for bringing their children. I can put up with a minute of crying or tantrum if I see that the parents are courteous enough to bring them outside, out to the car, whatever, until the kids calmed down. No one was giving them the evil eye when they returned a few minutes later.

It's not the kids' fault, it's the whiney, self absorbed parents. They're the ones who should be banned.

Yooperchicks
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@Caberts I completely agree. Parents are letting their children use a restaurant as a playground. Standing on chairs and running around chasing each other. Parents, teach your children appropriate manners if you want to take them to a restaurant! I've seen food thrown while parents talk away and completely ignore their children. I am a parent of three daughters, now all grown. When we went out they had to stay in their seat and be respectful. Hard to do? Not if you teach them this as an normal way of behavior. If they did get cranky or act up, we left out of respect to the other patron.  

LeahRay
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I think this is stupid, they are children. so if parents have a baby they are not allowed to eat there, am I getting that right? not everybody's children are loud and screaming and throwing a tantrum. they should have a right to eat there. there is more important things than this. seriously what is our world coming to? I think  this is wrong

portia2708
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@LeahRay WOW...so self-absorbed and selfish.  YES, we do NOT want NOR care about YOUR children...they are YOURS...NOT ours.  We pay GOOD money to go out to eat and we do NOT feel we should be responsible for your kids or their behavior.  We feel we have every right to a calm, relaxed atmosphere to eat in. 

cjh2nd
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@LeahRay

"not everybody's children are loud and screaming and throwing a tantrum. they should have a right to eat there"

those people with well-behaved kids do have a right to eat there, just not with said children. going to a restaurant isn't a constitutional right, it's a privilege and a choice. if you don't like it, go somewhere else. 

Caberts
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@LeahRay No, not everyone's children misbehave. But who is to pick and choose who can come in or not. Better to make a broad rule for everyone to follow. I LEAVE stores when children misbehave. and I had 3 children who behaved in stores and restaurants. 

 Teaching children to behave in public places isn't happening anymore because "God Forbid! We'll damage their self esteem!" Well, their self esteem will be more damaged as no one wants to be around naughty children.

 

khanson
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@LeahRay Then they can go to another restaurant.  I'm sure that there are plenty in Houston.  If the restaurant loses customers (though I think they will gain many), then they will discard that business plan.  It's a privately owned business, presumably, so no, they do not have "the right to eat there."

PatSGogol
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I have no problem with banning children from restaurants after a certain hour.  Think 8pm is more reasonable. The restaurant could even promote childrens hour from 5-7:00pm. This way the children will clear out  by 8pm and the adults can take over.

JovannyVenegas
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Not everyone wants to hear children screaming, running all over the place & making a mess. Not everyone has children and not everyone wants to put up with someone's bad children. There are many parents who have kids and let them run around and do what ever they want. 

I praise this restaurant, and would definitely eat there. All I know is the new place I move into will hopefully be child free. 

rubbertoe
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Good for them!!  I support their rule and  I have 2 children..16 and 13... so I know what it is like.

MuppetSoup
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I would pay MORE to eat here.  Bravo!

AtlantaOwner
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I would eat there even more if I lived in that area.  

People are under the misinformed idea that every establishment has to cater to young children, or that every adult wants to be surrounded by them when they eat out.  Sorry Mommies, that's YOUR world that you chose to live in when you chose to reproduce the little darlings - it's not everyone's world.  Chuck-E-Cheese and McDonalds are ready, willing, and able to take you on - allow adults to have A FEW sit-down places... please!

Side note:  Deciding to have children means you decide on making a certain level of sacrifices by doing so.  When it comes to nicer sit down restaurants, if you can't afford a babysitter, then guess what?  You can't afford to be eating out - so save up some more for when you CAN get the babysitter before going out - the people who are in the place who just shelled out $$$ for their own babysitters will greatly appreciate it.  They thought of others - you should, too.


Daghain
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@AtlantaOwner RIGHT????? When did there stop being kid places and adult places? The mind boggles. 

RandyMorris
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It's simple. If you have small children and you want to eat together.....do it before 7 pm. End of problem unless your aim is to be an obnoxious self-righteous parent.

darlene
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Really depends on the restaurant, When I go to McDonalds ( I don't but if I did) I would expect kids  and noise and mess but some restaurants are not for families but adults. Isn't 7 pm a little for an 8 year old to have supper anyway?

@la_raconteur
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@darlene That's what I was thinking. Kids that age need 10 hours of sleep and should be in bed by 8 p.m. If this restaurant had problems with ill-behaved children, it's no wonder. Poor things were probably tired and cranky and therefore, acting out. 

eifg
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Nothing wrong with a restaurant deciding to create a more relaxing adult friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat out so I don't think people with kids will be stuck at home. Kids are great but in restaurants they can be loud and disruptive to those who are trying to enjoy a peaceful meal.