CALGARY — It’s a battle that sometimes pits families against non-parents — should children be allowed in restaurants?
A Calgary eatery has come up with a unique solution by rewarding parents with well-behaved children.
Over the weekend, a photo posted on the website Reddit showed a bill that Carino Bistro handed out to a family with a toddler, which included a $5 discount for “well-behaved kids.”
The photo has since been shared widely on social media, much to the surprise of owner Toshi Karino.
He says the discount has been handed out for about a year now, but staff don’t draw attention to it and most people don’t even notice.
Karino says he came up with the idea as a way to say thanks to families who enjoy their meal together, instead of arguing or spending their time glued to things like mobile devices.
“We only have a 35-seat restaurant, it’s pretty small, and between the tables it’s close together,” he explains. “We want to show some appreciation for the kids and parents, if they don’t make (other diners) uncomfortable.”
Karino wonders if things will change now that the discount has gone public.
“If customers feel unhappy when we don’t give them the discount for the kids, we are concerned about that,” he says. “Maybe we’ll have to think of something different.”
He’s musing over the idea of giving a discount to couples who are enjoying their dinner technology-free, for example, in hopes of staving off the Instagram-crazed foodies who spend more time photographing their food than savouring it.