La Fisheria Bans Kids after 7 p.m. and Everyone on the Internet Has an Opinion

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Well they've certainly started people talking
Houston restaurant La Fisheria has made national news after an announcement on Monday that the owner, Aquiles Chavez, has decided to ban kids under 9 years old after 7 p.m. out of respect for other patrons. The announcement was made on La Fisheria's Facebook page.

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La Fisheria announced the new policy Monday.
La Fisheria isn't open on Mondays, so Tuesday was the first day that the policy was put into action.

We've called Chef Chavez at La Fisheria to inquire about the response to the new regulation at dinner Tuesday evening, but we have not been able to reach him.

Chef Chavez tells the Chronicle that the decision came after customers complained about children running around the restaurant while adults are trying to have a romantic or low-key evening away from children--their own or otherwise. Indeed, based on the responses to La Fisheria's Facebook post, it seems even most parents agree with the decision.

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Some seemed less thrilled with the new policy and took issue with the fact that the restaurant calls itself a "family friendly" establishment. Chavez notes that La Fisheria has a kids menu, but that's not good enough for many who think "family friendly" means kids should be allowed all the time.

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La Fisheria

4705 Inker St., Houston, TX

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Mary Miller
Mary Miller

This has been done to death, slow day for you all at HP?

Luis Cabrera
Luis Cabrera

I've been hearing about this for days. Not a big deal

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

Who did they pay and how much did they pay for all that relentless publicity?

Emmanuel Chavez
Emmanuel Chavez

"Horrible food pathetic ameture service... Spend $300 dollars in the worst meal of my life. I would' t recommend this place. But I do like the fact that they are doing this. This makes me wanna take Chavez more serious". - a father and food lover

Erin Smith
Erin Smith

LMAO. Do you REALLY pay more for your children's meals?? How is that even possible...I have worked at many restaurants and more often than not, a kids meal costs anywhere from $4-$8, mean while an adult meal can really cost almost anything...the lowest priced meal I've come across is $7, and the highest being $45. And $7 was just for some spaghetti marinara! I find it hard to believe. Also, your extra few dollars that MIGHT be spent on the children is not worth the low to no tips left and the huge mess we have to clean up...sorry, but it's true. This restaurant will probably be making more money than other restaurants around it, because they will be able to turn over tables faster. Plus, people will be willing to tip/pay more for the pleasant ambiance. Also, "None of you were ever kids once"...LOGIC? Noooo....I used to be a fish! *insert sarcastic eye roll*

bonitaB3
bonitaB3

Great, about time! (and I love kids, outside of restaurants at least)

jcd8822
jcd8822

It should be a Federal law of the land for all restaurants and businesses at all hours.  Today too many people ignore their loud children (In some cases grandchildren) who scream at the top of their lungs when they do not get their way.  This happened two times on a train yesterday and three times at noon. 

Miriam Alejos
Miriam Alejos

Great idea ! Love kids but not during dinner and drinks !

Kelly Corbin H
Kelly Corbin H

I want to go there! I have kids and am happy to leave them at home :)

Matthew David Dyer
Matthew David Dyer

Why not ban parents that don't know how to keep their children well behaved. Never going to this place now.

Kimberly Penn
Kimberly Penn

No. Excited to hear a dining establishment offering a dinner experience minus small children.

Ginger Marino
Ginger Marino

It makes me want to go more, I saw this on GMA this morning. It was the first time if heard of this place, it looks good.

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

Lots of voices against? You and I have not been reading comments on the same articles all over town.

Linda Hardy
Linda Hardy

I hope more restaurants adopt a policy like this. When my kids were little I was a parent when we took them with us. Today, way to many people take their little possessions with them and totally ignore the fact that they are disturbing the entire restaurant with their crys, screams, fights and running around. If people were parents again and actually paid attention to their children and taught them manners, it would not be an issue. But since that's not the case and their phones are more important than their children, more places of business need to implement these rules.

melusine1979
melusine1979

I think this is a wonderful idea, there should be more places like this.  I also think there should be kid free apartment complexes and the like, some of us just don't want to be around  or deal with anyone's kids.  I want to be able to go out to dinner, to an upscale place, and not have to listen some kid throw a tantrum or running around being little shits.  Take them to McDonald's if you can't/won't control them.

One of the most mortifying experiences I have ever had happened when I went to dinner with my Grandparents, My Aunt and Uncle and their 3 kids...I had never been more embarrassed in my entire life after dinner with them, running around and making a lot of noise and their parents did nothing.  I have never left someplace wishing I could fall into the floor because of the deplorable behavior my Aunt and Uncle allowed their children to exhibit.  My mom and dad would never have allowed us to behave that way in public.  

Dawn Kilgore
Dawn Kilgore

I have 4 kids and, well, I think it's a great idea!!! When my husband and I actually do get a "Date Night", I don't want to hear other peoples little ones either... Looking forward to going here!!

spencesuppli2000
spencesuppli2000

Excellent move tired of dealing with other peoples kids!


Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams

How can you have a nice quiet dinner, when there's a room full of noisy un behaved kids!

Barry Laminack
Barry Laminack

Hell no! This is awesome. If I wanted to listen to a bunch of shitty kids scream and run around, throw food and make a mess, I'd of had some of my own.

Debra Allen
Debra Allen

Spanish people don't seem to care....? I am horrified by that statement. Anyway, back to the question at hand. I have 2 children, now adults. When they were smaller and didn't have that self control button older ones develop, I would have a sitter for them. So yes, yes I would eat at this restaurant.

Kimberly Clark Lopez
Kimberly Clark Lopez

I have no problem with that. I don't feed my kid that late anyway. A lot of places that serve alcohol don't let kids in after 6pm so why should a restaurant be any different if they choose to limit their hours?

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

I have 2 small children and I think it's cool. I'm sure the restaurant appreciates all the free publicity that's been coming out of this.

John Wells
John Wells

This was on reddit yesterday. Not a single person objected--kids or no kids.

Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen

I have kids and I have no problem with this.Too many so called parents out there let their little hellions run wild and terrorize places.Ive seen kids stickin their tongues in the chocolate fountains at Golden Coral,just nasty.And Im sorry,but spanish people dont seem to care about letting their little armies loose in public,lol.Discipline people!

Noell Myska
Noell Myska

Makes me want to make the trip just to eat there after 7! I dont mind kids, but a quite dinner with my honey is always nice!

Jonathan J-Rex Barbeito
Jonathan J-Rex Barbeito

I have a 7 y/o and I think this is great sometimes people need to deal with the fact that not everyone thinks their kids are as great as they think they are, my son is good at not being a dick when we are at places but I have been out and seen unruly kids, I blame their douche bag parents. Keep your kids inline people.

Dana Marie Cain
Dana Marie Cain

No. I have kids but I don't always want to eat with them. I especially don't want to eat with other people's children. I can control mine in the restaurant but not every parent is as good at controlling theirs and it can be very disruptive to other diners and ruin the whole experience. I worked in restaurants for over 20 years and I have a bit of insight into this issue and it's perfectly acceptable for there to be eateries that do not cater to children. There are plenty of places that do. There's room enough for everyone in a city which boasts more restaurants than most US cities.

Descent Into Madness
Descent Into Madness

More restaurants need to introduce this. I personally have nothing against kids but every restaurant is turned into a trough come dinner time.

Arin Seventwentyone
Arin Seventwentyone

is it bad that i just... don't... care? snooty restaurant doesn't want your kids, go to snooty restaurant that does. ~problem solved~

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

Great idea. There are too many permissive parents who let their children run wild. Dining out is an expensive proposition these days. And part of the reason to dine is for a pleasant ambience. To spend a lot of money and be unhappy because a child under 7 was unruly......

Candace Reuss
Candace Reuss

I know some parents are upset because they feel they are training their children to behave in nice restaurants. However, they have to suffer for the unconscious parents who don't.

Shonda Renee
Shonda Renee

I always tell the greeter to sit us in a child free place. I go out to enjoy a somewhat quiet moment without my kids. I don't want to listen to someone elses. Especially when their parents are not doing their job as parents. When they were little I would hire a sitter. Others should do the same.

Ellen Bigelow Jones
Ellen Bigelow Jones

oh my god..three days of news cycles about this story..its such a NON story in the first place....

kimmyog
kimmyog

I waited tables for several years, and I saw many cases of well-behaved children in restaurants, but just as many cases of children who were unruly. The unruly children would stress all of the wait staff out because restaurants are not safe environments for kids to be running around in. We'd be carrying around large trays of hot food, unable to see someone smaller below. I know this isn't an issue of safety, but of respecting the dining experiences of everyone else, it was just the main thing I noticed having been on the other side. I applaud the parents who have raised the well mannered kiddos who know how to behave in restaurants.

Roland Gonzalez
Roland Gonzalez

........sadly a lot of parents dont do that, and just let their kids run wild. i understand why the owner is doing this. last time i was there, some kids were playing around in the place and it was closing time. >> WHY THE F*&^ ARE KIDS STILL AWAKE AT THAT TIME ?

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

No one said you couldn't take your kids there. You can take your kids there before 7pm.

Graciela Mireles
Graciela Mireles

I personally like taking my girls to nice restaurants so that they DO learn how to behave accordingly. For the most part they are well behaved and polite if a little loud, but nothing a quick reminder doesn't fix. If you don't teach your children while they are young how to behave you risk them turning into those annoying jerks at the bar that think every place is a frat party.

Roland Gonzalez
Roland Gonzalez

..........if you guys want your children running around>> TAKE THEM TO CHUCK E' CHEESE AND LET THEM EAT LIKE FAT ASSES AND GO CRAZY !!!

Francisco Muñiz-Belmares
Francisco Muñiz-Belmares

Perhaps their logistics allow for it? Maybe they noticed a trend? It may very well turn out that it "doesn't pay". I just consider it no different than a fancy restaurant you and yours would go to, "to take a break". Ya' know? Nice chat. Thanks.

Davon D E Hatchett
Davon D E Hatchett

I think this is an issue because not enough parents take the time to teach their children how to behave properly in social situations. We went out to eat as kids, but we knew it was absolutely not permissible to yell, scream, be disruptive, or get up from the table at will. One experience I've had is 2 children coming to sit right next to my table, on railing not made for sitting, away from their parents table, and they proceeded to yell and horseplay. The noise level made me unable to have a conversation at my own table while the parents were more concerned with enjoying their cocktail than managing their kids.

Graciela Mireles
Graciela Mireles

I didn't say wrong, just doesn't pay. I spend WAY more on my children's plates, then I do my own. I just see it as a loss of income, but oh well to each their own.

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