Award-winning restaurant bans children under 7

An award winning restaurant has banned children under seven from dining at the venue, following a negative review from an angry mother.

The woman posted the review on TripAdvisor after the restaurant’s owner, Liam Flynn requested she remove her two-year-old from the establishment due to loud crying.

“The owner asked us to keep the noise down quite rudely,’’ she wrote in her review.

“Within a few minutes, he returned and asked us to take ‘the child’ out of the restaurant! I don’t agree with any children running riot while people are dining at home, or out. Our little one wasn’t misbehaving or wreaking havoc.”

Flynn’s Restaurant at Yungaburra has twice been named the Best European Restaurant for North Queensland at the Restaurant and Catering Queensland Awards.

Mr Flynn told the Cairns Post that this experience was the final straw, after his explanation that the toddler’s screams were disturbing other diners was met with anger and bad language.

He said he settled on seven as the minimum age to indicate to parents only children who knew how to behave in high-quality restaurants were welcome.

Restaurant manager Sonia Tymecka told the newspaper that there had been other incidents involving children breaking crockery, and damaging expensive tiles and upholstered chairs.

“We’ve had some nice families coming with babies, but there has to be a line drawn, so we are no longer taking children under seven any more,” she said.

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