“Children under 12 must always be accompanied by their parents at the table, otherwise the reservation would have to be reconsidered”, reads the section dedicated to online reservations on the website of the Spanish restaurant O Fragón, in Finisterre, Spain. A rule on which the renowned restaurant and mentioned in the Michelin Guide does not compromise, but which soon generated a fuss online for a tweet from a parent.
“I have two sons. I went to make a reservation at a well-known restaurant on the Costa da Morte. I read on the web: ‘Children under 12 must remain seated throughout the meal; if you come with children, call before booking.’ Tell me, dissuasive, intimidating or discriminatory?”. Within a few days, the tweet accumulated thousands of visits and comments of all kinds. According to El Español , the establishment’s official position is that the rule has been placed for the good of the customers, since there are numerous stained glass windows and there has already been an accident in the past.
Also, there would have been cases of children getting lost upon entering a nearby mountain area. On social media, someone empathizes with the parent, but someone else points out: “Customers and workers must not put up with other people’s children. If you don’t like the ban on running and shouting in the club, take them on a picnic.”