'Screaming children' post prompts new signs at Sydney River Subway

A fast food outlet in Cape Breton is having some fun with a North Sydney restaurant's Facebook post that it will no longer serve "small screaming children."

'It was just meant to be fun,' says franchisee Kirk MacRae

After a restaurant in North Sydney posted a message barring "small screaming children" from their establishment, the Subway in Sydney River posted this sign outside their outlet. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

A fast food outlet in Cape Breton is having some fun with a North Sydney restaurant's Facebook post that it will no longer serve "small screaming children."

Earlier this week, the Lobster Pound and Moore seafood restaurant became the subject of some heated criticism after the owner posted a message on Sunday night.

"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," said the post.

"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 restaurant posted an apology and said it "will take any belly that is hungry" after a strong community backlash.

Kirk MacRae, a Subway franchisee in Sydney River, has decided to keep the issue in the public eye. He's put up signs outside two of his stores that read: "We love screaming kids."

"I didn't put that sign up in any way to be derogatory about the original comments," MacRae said Friday. "It was just meant to be fun."

He said the signs have attracted some screaming kids.

"We've had a few — and hope to have a lot more, and don't have any issue with it whatsoever," he said.

MacRae said he plans to leave the signs up until next 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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