Texas Restaurant Gives Parents Guides for Acceptable Behavior, Bans Bad Kids

Published On 11/08/2015 Published On 11/08/2015

Kids are only as well-behaved as the parents who raise them, right? Wherever you stand on the nature vs. nurture vs. "let's just give them an iPad and see what happens" debate, it stands to reason you dislike other people's kids (or your own, for that matter) running amok in your favorite eatery, spoiling your meal and ambushing your senses

One Texas restaurant that has had a messy past with the little ones has taken matters into it's own hands: issuing rules on acceptable child behavior, and straight-up banning those who don't comply.

Cuchara, a Mexican restaurant located in Montrose, has started to hand out illustrated behavior guides to parents, according to Houston news outlet KHOU. The whimsically animated place cards apparently say: "Children at Cuchara don't run or wander around the restaurant. They stay seated and ask their parents to take them to the restroom. They don't scream, throw tantrums or touch the walls, murals, windows or other patrons. They are respectful!"  

According to the same KHOU report, Cuchara had an incident months earlier, when an unsupervised child scratched some walls, resulting in (an astonishing) $1,500 worth of damages. The owner of the joint, Ana Beaven, claims that nearly all the decor is authentic, handmade art from Mexico -- thus fragile and highly-valued. "They are beautiful items for people to see so we don't want them to be broken," Beaven told KHOU, reasonably.

What do you think? Should restaurants feel validated enough to tell people how to control their own children? Or should our kids be treated like little wild flowers, allowed to blossom and grow in any way shape or form they prefer, even if it means destroying valuable art, ruining dining experiences, and potentially hurting themselves and the people around them? Let us know in the comments section! Or just make sure you own kids aren't ruining anything, at the moment.

Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He doesn't have kids, but he used to be one. Follow him @wilfulton

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