Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant Fielding Angry Calls After Monterey Restaurant with Similar Name Bans Noisy Kids

A San Francisco restaurant says it is receiving angry calls and emails from members of the public who have confused it with a Monterey restaurant that recently drew news coverage for its ban on noisy children.

The owners of San Francisco’s #9 Fishermen’s Grotto say they are in no way affiliated with Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Grotto, which drew widespread news coverage this week for its controversial policy banning crying or noisy children from its dining hall.

“We love kids and the families that bring them,” said Anthony Geraldi, a partner in the San Francisco restaurant and great-grandson of the restaurant’s founder, Mike Geraldi.

The Monterey restaurant’s policy, posted on its web site, does not explicitly ban children altogether, but states “No strollers, no high chairs, no booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”

The policy appears to have been in place for several years, according to multiple news reports.

Bay City News

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  • derpderp

    wont lie, i kind of like the idea. it wouldn’t be such an issue if parents bothered to be polite these days, and would take their screaming brood outside for a few minutes while they calm down, then come right back in. It’s called responsible, active parenting… and a sacrifice one should make when they have a child. YOU might be used to your little ray of sunshine’s horrible wailings, but chances are… most people don’t want their meal accompanied by 30-60 minutes of scream-crying.

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