In Mooresville, North Carolina, the number of restaurants you can take your small children to just dropped by one. Caruso’s Fine Dining has adopted a “no children under 5” policy, citing their very name as the reason: Fine Dining. The owners say they want to create a distraction-free atmosphere for their type of restaurant, and for them, that starts with turning down the volume a little.
With the ambient music and the candlelight flickering off the chandeliers, you may think parents would be looking for something a little more appealing to their kids in the first place, but apparently, many of the fine folks of Mooresville are hell-bent on taking their toddlers out for a romantic evening:
— Howie Wallach (@HowieWallach) March 29, 2017
Well, that didn’t take long.
Caruso’s Facebook page was soon surrounded by people trying to draw a connection between legally instituting an age requirement for entry into the restaurant with bakers illegally refusing to serve gay customers due to their icky gayness, or illegally banning entire groups of people based on their racial or sexual identity:
I believe if you like it great support and go.. I think it's insane and says alot about the owners… I give it a BIG…
Most people, however… Well, let’s just say there is a lot of enthusiastic support for the idea of a quiet night out:
Any restaurant that bans spoiled brats deserves 5 stars
If I'm ever in the area I will visit JUST because of your new child ban
In fact, the vast majority of the reviews now are 5 stars from parents who love the notion of a place they can go after they get a babysitter to have a nice, peaceful meal.
Would literally travel across state lines to enjoy a good dinner out without worrying about brats screaming. We'll…
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