California restaurant bans loud children; some people are upset

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A restaurant in Monterey, CA has implemented a strict policy when it comes to kids: If they're loud, they will be asked to leave.  This rule has actually been in place for years, but just lately, recent photos posted to Yelp have caused restaurant-goers and parents alike to chime in with opinions.

The restaurant's owner, Chris Shake, told KTVU that the nearly-70-year-old restaurant is known for a quiet, comfortable dining experience, which is obviously aided by the policy. "We have many families who dine with us with their children who are well behaved and understand our policy with respect to other diners," he said. The negative Yelp reviews, he says, have been posted by people who are offended by the sign, and not people who have actually eaten at the establishment. 

But for some parents, the sign is a deterrent to come in altogether. In a Facebook group for Bay Area, CA moms, one woman wrote: "Whoa. I’ve never seen this before. I’m canceling my reservation at the restaurant after seeing this picture on Yelp." She had a problem with the wording of the sign, telling KTVU that "adults only" would have gotten the message across.

Others are on board with the idea, saying that a stroller-free, quiet atmosphere sounds nice. One user wrote, "I really don't understand why you parents don't just take your kids to McDonald's or Chuck-E-Cheese where they could scream all they want."

Regardless of public opinion, it doesn't seem Old Fisherman's Grotto will be changing its policies anytime soon.