A Restaurant with a One Drink Rule for Parents while Dining With Their Kids Has Lots of People Talking

posted: 07/26/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Mother and daughter out to eat

When you take your kids out to eat at a restaurant, you might be more focused on keeping your kids entertained, cutting up their food into tiny pieces, and eating your meal before someone has a meltdown than enjoying a cocktail. However, if you are hoping to have a drink or two while you dine with your family, if you are at Peddler's Bar and Bistro in Clifton Park, New York, you'll be told if you are the one that is driving, you can only have one alcoholic drink.

"We love children. Everybody loves children and children don't have a voice," general manager Melisa Gravelle told WKBN of the policy. She adds that while the policy has been grabbing headlines recently, it has been in effect since 2010 and says "I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving. I could never do that...it's a choice that you can avoid."

So what if you aren't a parent but still dining with a child? Doesn't matter. According to restaurant policy, any adult that is accompanying a minor, parent or not, must abide by their one drink only rule.

Unfortunately it is often the wait staff that takes the brunt of frustrated customers that do not know the policy. "They do get berated at the tables and some come back very upset," Gravelle said. "The managers go to the table and they explain we're not picking on parents, it's just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help." However, Garavelle says most parents know, understand, and agree with the policy.

News of the restaurant's policy started going viral and many people praised the efforts of Peddler's Bar and Bistro for protecting kids. However, many felt this policy is overreaching and that it just targets parents. Many asked what about patrons that aren't driving children but other adults?

So what do you think? Should parents dining with children be cut off at one drink? Tell us in the comments.