Akaroa restaurant owner bans children

Long Lunch 08/05/2018
Photo credit: The Little Bistro

An Akaroa restaurant has banned children under 10 years old from eating on the premises.

The notoriously cramped Little Bistro restaurant went child-free after numerous complaints from diners and an incident where a child injured a staff member.

"A waitress trying to carry a tray of glasses and drinks to a table and a child just bolted across the restaurant and she ended up with an arm of broken glass," owner Richard Uttely told Wendyl Nissen.

"The child was fine and that parents excuse was kids will be kids.”

“It’s very difficult for staff or a manager to tell people to look after their kids,” he said.

Mr Uttely said since the tables in the restaurant are so close together, there is no room for children to play.

He says his bistro is not the first in the country to ban children.

“I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to stand [at the door] and say your children are well behaved and yours aren’t.

“And it’s not fair for our staff to do that either,” Mr Uttley told RadioLIVE.

Restaurant Association New Zealand general manager Nicole Waldren said it is perfectly legal to treat those under 16 differently on the basis of age.

Listen to the full interview with Richard Uttely above.

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