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NC restaurant praised, criticized for banning young children

Posted March 25
Updated March 29

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— A North Carolina restaurant is receiving both praise and criticism after it banned children age 5 and younger from dining there.

Caruso's, an upscale Italian restaurant in Mooresville, banned the children after the owner said there were too many incidents of young kids crying, screaming and misbehaving, according to NBC affiliate WCNC.

According to the Charlotte station, the owner said the incidents with young children disrupted the restaurant's atmosphere, but some parents criticized the restaurant after being denied service.

N.C. restaurant receives praise and backlash after banning children


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  • Marvin Sanderford Mar 27, 12:23 p.m.
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    This restaurant is a private business and, like any other private business, should be able to cater to whatever select group they wish to. Personally if they were in my area, a night out at this place without kids screaming at the next table will be a delight!

  • William James Mar 27, 12:19 p.m.
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    Common Sense and Courtesy suggests that it is not appropriate or reasonable to bring a possible or likely screaming child to a fine restaurant, movie, play, bar, or the like.

  • Rebecca Dawson Mar 27, 11:32 a.m.
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    I AM a parent and I still applaud this restaurant for making this decision. When my children were younger, I only took them to restaurants that were family friendly and when they became upset or loud, I or their father would remove them from the dinning area and walk with them outside. There are plenty of other restaurants to choose from and many adults want a night out without being subjected to screaming/crying kids. Yes, children cry and get upset. It happens. But I have seen MANY instances where kids carry on and act up and the parents are doing NOTHING to address the disruptive behavior and it's rude and ridiculous. Take your kids and go home! I will definitely being visitng this establishment!

  • Megan Goodson Mar 27, 8:14 a.m.
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    You go Restaurant!! I'm going to find this place and go. A nice quiet dinner would be wonderful versus the usual loud, noisy, messy, and annoying restaurants that are filled with parents who can't control their children.

  • Susan Olvera Mar 27, 7:16 a.m.
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    You must not be a parent.

    However, the issue in the restaurants sounds to be more of a parenting issue. With any child, bad behavior happens - it's the responsibility of the parent to deal with with quickly.

    That being said, I am a parent and if I went to an upscale restaurant it would be without my son. He's a great kid, but going to a nice restaurant would be a date night thing.

  • Kiara Babel Mar 26, 9:25 p.m.
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    A lot of parents do not have the consideration for others,allowing missed behaving or loud children in businesses like restaurants where people are trying to enjoy a quiet evening, and as far as cell phones go as long as they're not talking loud or the phone is not ringing it's not anybody's business how they have their conversations, nobody complains about people talking to each other at a tables,it's the 21st-century deal with it.

  • Kristen Ford-Newell Mar 26, 1:24 p.m.
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  • Brenda Lawrence Mar 26, 12:03 p.m.
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    Yes, ban talking on cell phones; texting ok, or any use that is silent. And young children don't belong in upscale restaurants, unlesss you are attending a gathering in a private room, for example. And for those of you criticizing parents, many young children are just acting in ways appropriate for their age. That's why they should be at McDonalds or another child-friendly restaurant.

  • Travis Perry Mar 26, 11:24 a.m.
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    Hooters, FTW.

  • William Solari Mar 26, 10:37 a.m.
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    I wish restaurants would do the same for cell phones. I've been extremely annoyed at people in restaurants rambling on their cell phones at the next table-while my wife & I are trying to enjoy dinner. The restaurant rule needs to be---if you answer a cell phone, or place a call on a cell phone, you must leave the dining area to complete the call. The same lack of consideration of others seems to have disappeared in modern society.