Fabian Prioux, who operates Abbey Road Burgers, Bar & Café, in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island said the change has ‘been like heaven’ since he implemented the rule two months ago.
Prioux says that after opening the café in November 2017 thousands of dollars in damage was caused by children – including broken chairs, scratched tables, damaged paintwork, and destroyed menus.
Under the café’s rules children under 12 are not permitted in the premises and those aged between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
‘This decision has been made after a year of drama and problems with non-educated children,’ he told the NZ Herald.
‘The kids make some damage and the parents don’t say anything. The tables have been stabbed with knifes, the chairs have been damaged as they climb all over them with their shoes, and there has been damage to the paint.
The café owner says all the damage had added up to thousands of dollars and that he should not have to put up with it – especially when the parents are nearby and can see what their children are doing.
‘Since then it has been like heaven. We’ve had some great feedback from people saying that it was a good move,’ he said.
Prioux, originally from Nice on the southern coast of France, has lived in New Zealand for eight years, working in the food industry for most of that time.
The Frenchmen says he has also lived in Norway and the UK and has not seen children behaving as badly in those places.
It’s not the first business in New Zealand to implement a ban on children with another restaurant on the South Island known as Little Bistro refusing children under 10.
A hairdresser near Auckland also decided they would not cut children’s hair unless a parent was also a customer due to children misbehaving.
Under the café’s rules children under 12 are not permitted in the premises and those aged between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult
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