New Jersey Spaghetti House Bans Kids Due to Noise and Mess

Nettie’s House of Spaghetti is an Italian restaurant located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. But if you have children under the age of 10, you might want to find somewhere else to dine.

“We love kids. We really, truly, do. But lately, it’s been extremely challenging to accommodate children at Nettie’s,” said the restaurant in their announcement. “Between noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant, we have decided that it’s time to take control of the situation.”

Frankly, I expect we will see more eateries adopt these kinds of prohibitions in the future. And it honestly doesn’t bother me that much. I’ve worked in food service in the past and dealing with adults is difficult enough, particularly these days when every place is short on staff.

“This wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, but some recent events have pushed us to implement this new policy. As of March 8, the day we return from our winter break, we will no longer allow children under 10 to dine in the restaurant.”

This story is getting a lot of attention in the press, but any restaurant that has a $200 bottle of wine on their menu probably isn’t much fun for the little ones.

The restaurant, for their part, is bracing for some backlash from customers: “We know that this is going to make some of you very upset, especially those of you with very well-behaved kids, but we believe this is the right decision for our business moving forward.”

What do you think of “no children” policies in restaurants?

Lizzie Francis

Lizzie is a mom and freelance writer from Dallas, Texas. She spent more than 10 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and has a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

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