Are Kids Welcome in Restaurants?

April 22nd, 2013

A friend told me this story:  Some years ago in Brisbane she wanted to take her daughter to a Cleveland restaurant for her birthday, but was told that they didn’t allow children under 12 years.  Despite protestations that the 10 year old girl was very well behaved and had been to many restaurants, they were unmoved.

When Francis and I came to Brisbane you certainly got the feeling that children were often unwelcome in restaurants (something you would never find in France).  So we decided that we would actively encourage parents to dine with their children at Baguette.  For 25 years we only charged $1 per year for a main course, dessert and soft drink — it is now $1.50 per year.  Many of our regulars will attest to fond memories of special family time at our restaurant — where it is NOT a 10 minutes dining experience eating with your fingers,  elbows on the table!  We have been delighted to see, over the years, that many of these children grew up and now bring their own kids to Baguette … at one point 4 generations of the Hall family dined with us.

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