"Adults Only" restaurants a growing trend around the country
POSTED: Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 9:04am
NBC NEWS — There's a growing trend of businesses going "kids-free." Cap's On the Water restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida allows children, but only in certain parts of the restaurant.
"You want to have a nice bottle of wine and dinner. I think you should be able to do that without children crying and running in and out," Cap's owner Vivian de Raad says.
Three years ago Cap's on the Water became a pioneer in what is becoming a popular national trend. "We're restaurateurs, we're not babysitters," says owner Bernard de Raad."
Kids are allowed and welcome in the restaurant, just not in the dining room.
They've had some upset customers, and Bernard De Raad says he understands some of the comments he's heard.
"I think as a young parent, it's hard not to feel insulted. It's got to feel personal. You're kids not welcome in our dining area, who are you, I'm spending money here," he says.
But overall, he says, business has been up.
Cap's is not alone.There are a number of restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, and even some airlines that are limiting access for children.