Restaurant that has banned screaming children says business is better than ever
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 11:06 PM on 9th September 2010
A North Carolina restaurant has put a ban on unruly children, with a sign on the front door saying screaming children will not be tolerated.
Brenda Armes, the owner of the Olde Salty's restaurant in Carolina Beach, said she got sick of customers complaining about parents who couldn't control their children during meals.
She said many parents allowed their children to treat the restaurant like their personal playground, misbehaving and 'squawking'.
No brats allowed: Olde Salty's restaurant in North Carolina, where owner Brenda Armes has banned diners with screaming children
Parents will whining children will not be kicked out of the restaurant, but an employee will approach them and ask them to take their child outside and calm them down.
And the policy seems to be working, with business booming at the restaurant.
Mrs Armes said: 'It has been a good thing for us. It has brought us in more customers than it has ever kept away.'
Daring policy: Mrs Armes and the sign at the front of her restaurant. The move has been greeted with mixed reactions, but Mrs Armes says business is booming
The new rule has had a mixed reception with diners.
Gary Gibson, who was visiting Olde Salty for the first time, said: 'It's not very enjoyable when you hear a bunch of kids screaming. It's nice to see a sign like that up.'
But Ashley Helfin, a mother of two, said: 'I've never seen a restaurant say, don't bring your screaming kids in here. You can't help it if your kids scream.'
But Mrs Armes disagreed, and said her 'no brats' policy was here to stay.
She said: 'We want to attract the type of people that come in knowing they aren't going to have to sit behind a table with a bunch of screaming children.'
Quiet environment: Mrs Armes said she got fed up of customers complaining about parents with unruly children
Confrontation: Mrs Armes outside the restaurant with mother of two Ashley Helfin. Mrs Helfin said she strongly disagreed with the restaurant's new policy
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