Pa. restaurant bans young children

July 12, 2011 1:30:06 PM PDT
McDains's restaurant, an eatery on Broadway Boulevard in Monroeville, has decided to stop admitting young children because the owner says kids under the age of 6 are too noisy.

It's mostly known for its golf driving range. But for nine years, McDain's also has been serving dinner.

Starting next weekend though, that service will end for children under age 6. Owner Mike Vuick says little kids are just too noisy.

"Nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can't control their volume," Vuick said. "There may be restaurants that prefer to cater to such things. Not here. I think it's the height of being impolite and selfish and therefore I instituted a policy."

Stephanie Kelley has been going to McDain's for dinner once a week since her son was born a year ago. Now, her child will be banned.

"It was an ignorant decision," she said. "You know, who says that at 6 you're magically mature enough to eat in a restaurant?"

Customers polled at McDain's said kids in the restaurant don't bother them, but they support Vuick's right to deny service to them.

"It's up to him," customer Suzanne Swigart said. "If he thinks they're a problem under 6, then I think the patrons should abide by that."

"I am offended," Kelley said. "It's like you're being discriminated against because you have children."

But Vuick says, get a babysitter.

"We've had the place here for 22 years and the restaurant for nine, and I've noticed in those nine years there are certain parents who can't leave their children at home," Vuick said. "You know, their child, maybe as it should be, is the center of their universe. But they don't realize it's not the center of the universe."