Open Post: Hosted By The New Jersey Restaurant That Banned All Children Under 10
That restaurant in Singapore that started charging parents for screaming kids walked so Nettie’s House of Spaghetti could run! The Tinton Falls, NJ restaurant said they’re fed up with screaming, mess-making, safety-compromising curtain climbers terrorizing their staff and other patrons, so they made the decision to ban all kids under 10 starting next month. And as always, people had strong opinions both for and against the restaurant’s controversial new policy.
It all began earlier this month when Nettie’s, an Italian restaurant that describes itself as a “red sauce joint serving elevated nostalgia,” announced the new policy on their social media pages. Even though “Nettie’s House of Spaghetti” sounds like a restaurant straight outta Mickey Mouse Funhouse, they apparently fancy themselves more of an “upscale” establishment. via The Takeout:
“We love kids. We really, truly do.”
So begins a social media post by Nettie’s House of Spaghetti in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Despite that love, however, kids are no longer welcome at the restaurant.
“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 to restaurant will no longer allow any children under 10 in its dining room.
Here’s the post:
And here’s some interior photos showing the small space they’re working with:
Nettie’s bold move went viral and drew attention from news outlets, and two distinct battle lines were drawn.
Novel or not, the move by Nettie’s House of Spaghetti has clearly struck a nerve. The announcement, which has gotten plenty of news coverage, also got a lot of reactions on social media. On Instagram, close to 3,500 people have weighed in since the announcement was made on February 9.
Twitter had thoughts too:
Heaven? Is that you? https://t.co/UHqEJPg121
— Natetheworld (@Natetheworld) February 14, 2023
This is a gross policy. Stop telling parents they can’t exist with their kids in public fucking spaces. Restaurants. Planes. Etc. https://t.co/wsR3UxTI51
— Daddy Spidey🕷 (@SpideyAtLaw) February 12, 2023
And Applebee’s even entered the chat:
Some N.J. Applebee’s offering free children’s meals after N.J. restaurant banned kids under 10 https://t.co/WfHwhBkOyo
— New Jersey Food (@NewJerseyFood) February 21, 2023
If you’ve ever experienced the displeasures of working in the food service industry and had to navigate a tiny restaurant labyrinth with hot plates and/or ever decided to leave your own screaming kids at home to go out to eat in a reasonable amount of peace, only to sit behind a kid who’s mashing chicken tenders into the floor while practicing their pterodactyl sounds as his parents giggle nervously and mutter “hehe…just such a little character!” over and over again to everyone’s piercing stares, then you probably feel strongly about this. Looks like little Khaydeighn will have to wait until his eleventh birthday to loudly slurp his $25 cacio e pepe in the aisles of Nettie’s. In the meantime, maybe there’s a Lisa’s House of Pizza with lenient kid policies nearby!