Tampa Residents Debate Child-Free Restaurant Policies

In Tampa, Florida, some residents this week have gone to local websites to debate whether or not the city should permit business owners to prohibit children from entering their premises. The issue stemmed from a policy change at a popular craft beer brewery and pizza parlor forbidding parents from bringing their youngsters to the outdoor restaurant. The issue has generated strong opinions on both sides.

Irresponsible Adults

Troy Taylor established a popular dining venue and craft beer brewery called “Hampton Station” in 2015 in the Seminole Heights area. His business includes an outdoor dining area adjoining a congested highway. He reluctantly decided to ban children from his business completely after witnessing an incident which he concluded might have resulted in a terrible accident. The prospect of facing business liability because of the possibility of parents failing to watch their offspring during visits to the outdoor dining area finally caused him to reach his decision.

On October 24th, he notified customers they could no longer bring their children to his restaurant. The decision resulted in an angry responses from some irate parents. Some social media sites serving Tampa residents reported visitors posting conflicting opinions about the decision.

An Issue of Safety

The decision to restrict the restaurant only to adults please some customers and dismayed others. Troy Taylor noted many of the patrons who visit his establishment order alcoholic beverages at the bar; he believes his decision ultimately will promote child safety. Quite a number of his customers with children have expressed agreement with the new policy, in fact.

The business owner hopes upset patrons will stop complaining online. He appealed to Tampa residents who disagreed with him to respect his opinion, even if they disliked the new policy. He urged everyone to “respect each other.”

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