A restaurant has apologised after banning “small screaming children” from its premises.
The Lobster Pound and Moore, in Canada, reportedly put a message on its Facebook page last week which read: “Effective as of now, we will no longer allow small screaming children.
“We are an adult themed restaurant that caters to those who are out to enjoy themselves. We understand this may upset some, but after careful consideration, we feel it’s best for those who enjoy, appreciate and understand our business.”
The post has since been removed and replaced by an apology, after the restaurant became the target of "hate and threats" from angry restaurant-goers online.
A status on the restaurant's Facebook page now reads: "First, my apologies for my previous post. I chose the wrong words to convey a message I didn't want. I love kids and would have them if I could.
"I shouldn't have used the word screaming but should have said something like 'Lil diners having a moment'."
The post goes on to ensure parents they are more than welcome to bring their children with them to the restaurant and that the owners will happily feed "any belly that is hungry".
"I never considered the hate and threats [the first status] would bring against not only me but those I love and for that I'm truly sorry," it continues.
"I've disappointed you and myself. I will do better even if you don't give me the chance. I was trying to be different and the 'go to' happening place."
Despite the original post receiving much criticism, the apology from The Lobster Pound and Moore has seen many people coming forward to say the restaurant was well within their rights to ban children who disrupt other diners.
Commenting on the post, Susan Bratton says: "I support you fully. A lot of parents need to be respectful of others when dining out. Yes, little ones get agitated and whatnot but if they won't settle, they need to be taken home.
"I love kids too but when I want a quiet evening out, I don't want to listen to a kid fuss and scream."
Gina Ledwich adds: "As a mother of three screaming children I support you! We never take our children out to restaurants unless it is geared specifically to children and families for that reason.
"And when my husband and I get out together for a date I don't particularly want to hear kids screaming and parents yelling. It is your place of business and you should be allowed to cater towards an older demographic."
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