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Babies Banned at California Restaurant
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Chris Shake, the owner of Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterrey, California is taking heat for posting a sign that basically bans children from his popular restaurant.

A large red sign informs diners that the use of strollers, high chairs and booster seats is prohibited and that ''children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the room," local television station KSBW reports. 

Parents and tourists have taken offense to the sign but Shake is sticking to his policy. He explained to KSBW that guests should "go in and abide by the rules, or find a place that's more suitable for dining." Shake said this is the third no-kids sign at his restaurant. The first was erected two years ago and, according to him, business "has never been better." 

Banning children from restaurants has been a hot issue since the infamous Alinea baby incident in which Chicago chef Grant Achatz took to Twitter to express his frustration over a crying baby at his Michelin-starred restaurant.

That's not to say all chefs feel the same way.  Some fine dining restaurants have embraced children and even created a special menu for their tiny diners. Others have established ''family-friendly" hours when kids are welcome. Here's a list of kid-friendly Michelin-starred spots.

What do you think? Do you think babies should be banned from restaurants?

Via Eater | KSBW

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