Make no mistake, children are horrible public dinner guests. They're noisy, they smell and have no table manners. Atrocious tippers, too. It’s tough for anyone trying to have a nice dinner while trying to feed and entertain their own kids, but just think how the neighboring diners must feel. They just wanted to have a quiet meal to themselves, not oversee a wrestling match. Not to mention, this screaming, food throwing, devil child could be interrupting a night that is the result of weeks of saving to enjoy a special occasion.
The problem is parents too often see their kiddies as perfect little
angels, and a restaurant that supplies crayons instantly becomes their playground complete with a personal cleaning crew. And any restaurant that labels them as a nuisance becomes the target of the "Lulu lemon wearing, you can't tell me where to eat, my kids have rights" group of "nothing better to do, stay at home mommies" that will make the restaurant the focus of a media frenzy.
Servers and cooks also hate having kids in restaurants. The reasons are obvious. they're going to make a huge mess, the table and floor are going to be a disaster area, the check will be lower, meaning less of a tip, and the parents are demanding because they need to shut their kids up ASAP.
there are a lot of restaurants that cater to families. That's where small kids should eat. Unless Tiger Woods is your daddy, you don't learn to golf at Augusta National... ipso facto... you don't learn how to behave in public by dining in grownup restaurants. While it may be a bad business decision to deny families the right to bring their kids to all restaurants, it's equally insane to allow annoying toddlers into places adults pay top dollar to enjoy with one another.