Nova Scotia

Lobster Pound restaurant 'screaming children' post prompts backlash

A restaurant in North Sydney has reversed a decision to stop serving "small screaming children" after the Facebook post announcing the policy provoked swift response from patrons and parents.

North Sydney restaurant angers patrons with Facebook post; retracts decision

Lobster Pound and Moore restaurant in North Sydney, N.S., faced a backlash over its short-lived ban on "small screaming children."

A restaurant in North Sydney, N.S., has reversed a decision to stop serving "small screaming children" after the Facebook post announcing the policy provoked swift response from patrons and parents.

Lobster Pound and Moore seafood restaurant draws diners from all over Cape Breton.

On Sunday night, the restaurant posted this on Facebook: "Effective as of now, we will no longer allow small screaming children. We are an adult-themed restaurant that caters to those that enjoy food and 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 response was swift, in most cases irate, and by Monday morning the "screaming children" post was deleted.

The Lobster Pound and Moore restaurant posted a statement on Facebook Sunday, which said it would no longer allow "small screaming children." (Facebook)

The restaurant also posted an apology, saying Lobster Pound would accept "any belly that's hungry."

That wasn't good enough for Hannah McKay, a mother of two.

"They still don't want screaming children there," McKay told CBC News.

"I just think they didn't want to feel like they, you know, alienated every family on the Northside or in Sydney. If it doesn't want my kids there, why would they want me there?"

Many shared McKay's perspective, but Daniel Finney saw the issue differently.

"I think people should have respect for the business owner and his wishes for the business," he said. "They should not call foul on something he's wanting to have said in his environment."

Lobster Pound is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and its owner, Richard Moore could not be reached for comment this week.

Lobster Pound and Moore faced a backlash for its decision not to allow "small screaming children." It then issued this apology. (Facebook)


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