Restaurant Bans Young Children

McDain's in Monroeville, Pa., plans to close its doors to children younger than 6 years old, due to overwhelming customer complaints about unruly youngsters.

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Restaurant will ban children under 6 years old due to complaints from customers.Mike Vuick has made the decision to ban children younger than 6 years old from his Monroeville, Pa., restaurant.

Beginning Saturday, the "upscale casual" McDain's will no longer accept young children, a policy that's getting Vuick a lot of attention.

Vuick's decision is driven by a host of customer complaints, although his biggest issue isn't with the children, but their parents. "Their child -- maybe as it should be -- is the center of their universe," Vuick told Pittsburgh TV station WTAE. "But they don't realize it's not the center of the universe."

The small restaurant, in which a third of the seats are at the bar, is described by Vuick as "a very genteel, quiet place; very adult."

The ban on children is completely legal. While senior citizens are in a legally protected class and cannot be banned from establishments, existing laws do not protect children from being denied service.

Vuick notified customers of the impending policy change via e-mail, and most of the reactions were positive, with customers responding, "Thank you," and "Nice job."

Vuick said he doesn't expect the decision to affect his 9-year-old restaurant.

Tags: McDains, Mike Vuick, News, restaurants

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