Restaurant Bans Crying Kids
Grant Central Pizza in Georgia asks parents to take tots outside
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 17, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Grant Central Pizza wants you to take this kid outside.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Do you like listening to screaming children while you eat? No? Well, Grant Central Pizza feels your pain. The Atlanta-area restaurant has added a new message to its menu: "We respectfully ask that parents tend to their crying tots outside." Grant Central's co-owner Donnie Parmer tells Fox 5 that the restaurant is still family-friendly, but that Yelp reviewers have complained about crying and unsupervised kids.

Parmer says the last straw was when one child hit another customer in the head with a toy. He doesn't actually intend to kick offending parents out, saying the notice is just a "polite reminder." So far, no parents have complained, either. "We've had a lot of people say, 'Thank you for adding it to the menu.'"

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Feb 20, 2012 7:18 AM CST
This is a pizza place not a fine dining experience. When entering you shoudl expect children and when you have children you need to expect noise. I've read reports that the restaurant is really just referring to the worst of the worst kids who are climbing all over things, are physically bothering other customers, are hitting people, etc but what the disclaimer shows refers only to crying kids. Others have commented about what a nice patio they have and it's not a big deal. If it was 20 degrees and snowing outside, are they going to ask them to go outside? What about rain? I agree wholeheartedly that there are parents who need to spend more time tending to their child if they are out in public, but hasn't that always been the case? Somehow in the pre-yelp world we all survived. Some chose to never return to a place, while others kept going back and brought their friends. There are many places out there that don't cater to families, but a pizza place is not one of them. If you're going to a pizza place for a nice quiet dining experience, I really scratch my head about that choice. Why not go down to the 5 points marta station at rush hour? Maybe the restaurant should have simply posted a sign asking their customers to have realistic expectations for the establishment. Or maybe one addressing the complainers. Like, "To ALL of our customers, you are expected to keep your children in check while understanding that this is a public place that caters to families with children so expect that it might not happen".
Feb 18, 2012 1:47 PM CST
They're way over-hyping this... I live down the street from this place and nobody has a problem with the policy. They're one of the most family friendly places around's always full of kids. There's a nice outdoor seating area, and parents only really take them outside if their kid is seriously out of control. They're not kicking out families because the kid is a little too loud or too whiny or whatever, it's just screaming, running, etc... kids that they want parents to take out of the restaurant.
Feb 18, 2012 1:03 PM CST
89 percent thought this was brilliant? You spoilt and selfish lot. I don't give a **** whether you can't eat your meal in complete monastic silence. Thats life. Get used to the fact that the world doesn't revolve around you and stop being so mean.