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A sushi restaurant in Virginia has decided to ban all kids under the age of 18. Do you agree with the ban?

ABC News U.S. 2013/06/13 20:00:00
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A new sushi restaurant in Virginia is making headlines, but not because of it’s toro sushi.

The Sushi Bar opened earlier this month in Del Ray, a neighborhood in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va. And its decided to ban kids. Not just the little, screaming toddler type either. All kids as in all kids under 18. Can’t vote? Can’t eat.



Del Ray is a family community. Which may explain some of the outrage directed at The Sushi Bar’s owners.

Owner Mike Anderson told ABC affiliate WJLA he’s “surprised” at some peoples’ negative reaction. But comments on the restaurants’ Facebook page are far from all bad. Many commentors expressed support for the kids ban.

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  • Aingean 2013/06/13 21:18:18
    Yes
    Aingean
    +14
    It is their restaurant they have the right to pick who they serve. With so many parents not willing to or wanting to control their kids I don't blame them.

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  • T A 2013/06/22 16:05:14
  • T A T A 2013/06/22 16:10:01 (edited)
    T A
    I meant to say was you're children don't have rights is wrong because they do
  • blumunofky 2013/06/18 19:46:21
    Yes
    blumunofky
    +2
    Sushi belongs in a bait bucket.
  • Cookie Monster 2013/06/18 17:35:41
  • Bru 2013/06/18 17:35:22
    Yes
    Bru
    +1
    It's their business, they can do what they want. Nothing ruins dinner more than screaming kids or overly loud and obnoxious teenagers. I just hope airlines decide to adopt the ban too!
  • Drageona 2013/06/18 16:57:29
    Yes
    Drageona
    +1
    Sounds good to me, a quite dinner no kids running around, nice environment, good place to eat at.
  • Bob Anderson 2013/06/18 13:33:51
  • cindy 2013/06/18 13:15:47
    Yes
    cindy
    +2
    What a great advertising gimmick. The best way to put yourself on the map is to "rock the boat" so to speak. They just saved themselves thousands of dollars...and everyone in Virginia will be scrambling to find this little hole in the wall place. Who really cares? Most kids don't even like sushi.
  • gautam 2013/06/18 09:24:09
    No
    gautam
    +1
    A harsh punishment for youngers.
  • Mrs.Vader gautam 2013/06/18 19:09:14
    Mrs.Vader
    +1
    Oh boohoo. I doubt any five year olds are going to lose any self-esteem because mom and dad took the night off to go eat some raw fish without the kids.
  • S123 Mrs.Vader 2013/06/18 21:07:23
    S123
    +2
    What about teenagers who want to spend their own money? I don't they they would lose self esteem either, but he potentially missing out on a lot of customers.
  • Mrs.Vader S123 2013/06/22 00:23:11
    Mrs.Vader
    Ultimately, it's the restaurant's choice. If they think they can handle the loss of their under 18 client base, then why not let the natural outcome happen as it will. If many, many people are offended by it and refuse to eat there out of principle, they'll go out of business. If people appreciate it and eat there because it's the one place in town where they won't have to deal with a five year old crawling under their table, then....*shrug*
  • Mike gautam 2013/06/20 22:58:23
    Mike
    To make them eat sushi - yes, very harsh!
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2013/06/18 05:29:34
    Yes
    MQ-American Values Again (AVA)
    +3
    Raw fish (sushi) can cause intestinal problems even with adults and most doctors don't recommend children eat it at all ... so my guess is the Owner bans children under 18 per chance they get sick by eating foods their stomach cannot tolerate, therefore avoiding lawsuits ... his restaurant .. his choice .. and frankly, I think it's a wise one..
    By the way, I love sushi ... and eat it at a restaurant that makes it fresh every day ...
    various sushi
  • BIGNEVERMO MQ-Amer... 2013/06/18 14:25:56
    BIGNEVERMO
    +2
    sushi comes in the rolls with rice and raw fish...SHASHIMI is just the raw fish...me no like...tempura for me.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2013/06/18 04:30:57
    Yes
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +1
    I understand. Sometimes restaurants seek to create a certain aesthetic and kids just don't fit.
  • Rhi-ot. 2013/06/18 02:50:33
    Yes
    Rhi-ot.
    +2
    It's always nice to have more grown up options. I'm sure many 18 year olds, people who don't like kids, parents wanting a date night without their kids, etc. will enjoy the place.
    It'll be a different atmosphere, and maybe a better one. Sitting by a table that has a bunch of kids around can be VERY annoying. It's not the kids' fault- it's how it is.
  • Retro-Cheesecake 2013/06/17 23:37:11
    No
    Retro-Cheesecake
    +2
    I can understand why they would do it but it's bad for a family community.
    not all kids are gonna cause a scene & some adults will... as soon as I was old enough to sit in a proper chair I knew to sit quietly, eat sensibly and respect people around me.
  • ScottM Retro-C... 2013/06/18 17:59:14
    ScottM
    +3
    I'm glad your parents taught you proper manners. Most parents now-a-days can't teach their kids how to tell time, or won't TAKE the time, much less how to act appropriately in public.
  • brichards719 2013/06/17 21:04:29
    Yes
    brichards719
    +5
    i doubt most kids like sushi anyway.
  • vannuck 2013/06/17 19:23:32
    No
    vannuck
    +3
    Well it is their resturant and they can refuse service to whom they chose but on the other hand baning kids isn't the smart bussiness choice; besides not every kid that enters the resturant is going to be screaming whining and causing trouble.
  • Sperry23 2013/06/17 18:01:51
    Yes
    Sperry23
    +6
    No screaming kidlings? I want to go to this place.
  • tytyvyllus 2013/06/17 17:37:03 (edited)
    Yes
    tytyvyllus
    +5
    I think they should ban everyone under 35:-). and as for not eating they are not the only restaurant in town. I do not want to go out for dinner and have to listen to people's out of control children; I don't want them on planes or theaters. I pay not only for the food but for a pleasant an peaceful ambiance. I don't bother them at chuck e cheese and I would like some reciprocity.
  • Ramon S... tytyvyllus 2013/06/17 17:41:59
    Ramon Seiler
    +1
    do you want your kids or grand kids to ever see you though or do you want them to live with a security camera on their backs and when they turn 35 they go and break every law and any social norm just to stick it to the man
  • tytyvyllus Ramon S... 2013/06/17 17:54:06
    tytyvyllus
    +2
    are you too stupid to note the smiley face after the first sentence. hyperbole is beyond your ken obviously. that is about the dumbest connection I have ever seen. I block stupid so I won't be reading your amazing connections any longer. go to school and learn to read with understanding.
  • ScottM Ramon S... 2013/06/18 18:01:24
    ScottM
    +1
    No, but I want their parents to teach them proper manners and respect for people outside of their normal environment. I want them to take control of their kids and instead of letting them scream for an hour at dinner, take them outside, or even home if they don't calm down. Parents today aren't doing enough to properly raise their children and expect others to do it for them, which is why there are rules like this in certain establishments.
  • Mike 2013/06/17 16:33:34
    Yes
    Mike
    +1
    If it will keep them from becoming addicted to the stuff.
  • gfreeman BN-0 2013/06/17 16:03:32
    Yes
    gfreeman BN-0
    +3
    There is always McDonald's.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2013/06/17 13:28:25 (edited)
    Yes
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +6
    Yes, but he should have dropped the age to at least 16. There are a lot of mature teenagers, who enjoy Sushi; I never went to a restaurant and saw out of control teenagers.
  • Digital Gypsy 2013/06/17 11:53:35
    Yes
    Digital Gypsy
    +4
    More places should offer kid-free zones besides the obvious ones i.e. bars, adult entertainment venues. Perhaps one of these little 'geniuses' could build an app entitled 21+!
  • Jimm 2013/06/17 11:35:44
    Yes
    Jimm
    +4
    I have been on both sides of this question...having kids/grandkids with us, and wanting to have a nice QUIET dinner somewhere without screaming babies or misbehaving kids...so I can see both sides...HOWEVER...I think these people have the right idea. Why not offer an oasis where people KNOW they can go and not be bothered by the distraction of children?? There are plenty of family and child-friendly restaurants out there!
  • tytyvyllus Jimm 2013/06/17 17:38:36
    tytyvyllus
    +4
    wise and there sure is a place in the market for such an establishment.
  • Mrs.Vader 2013/06/17 10:56:00
    Yes
    Mrs.Vader
    +3
    Sure. I have three kids myself, and I know that I can take them into a restaurant and they'll behave, but not everyone takes the time to teach their children to behave civilly in restaurants, they let them run around screaming, or crawl under tables, or don't remove them from the restaurant when they start to behave badly. This is unfair to the people who just want a nice, quiet meal. And sadly, because of the ones who don't raise their children to behave properly at the table, restaurants like this one are forced to come up with "No one under 18" rules.

    I get that kids will be kids, but if you are going to take your child to a restaurant and allow him to "just be a kid" then take him to Chuck E Cheese where that sort of thing is not just acceptable, but encouraged.
  • ColettaHughes 2013/06/17 09:40:40
    Yes
    ColettaHughes
    +3
    Oh well, it's their establishment and they have a right to refuse service. Besides kids under 18 are noisy and obnoxious most of the time. They may even tag the restrooms.
  • fuzzy K... Coletta... 2013/06/17 18:51:59
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +2
    Do they have a right to deny service to black adults too? Some of those college age kids can get pretty rowdy and noisy.
  • Mrs.Vader fuzzy K... 2013/06/17 19:08:11
    Mrs.Vader
    +2
    All most college kids can afford is McDonald's and Ramen noodles though....not some fancy, expensive sushi.
  • fuzzy K... Mrs.Vader 2013/06/17 22:00:21
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
    Not true.
    My son and his friends can certainly afford sushi and they love it. They all work.
    BTW: Sushi is not that expensive. I don't know how much a Big Mac is now so i can't compare.
  • Mrs.Vader fuzzy K... 2013/06/18 19:11:43
    Mrs.Vader
    +2
    It's pretty darned pricey here; like you can easily drop $75 for two at the sushi places here. I don't see what the big deal is anyway....it's raw fish. Personally, I'd rather have Italian or at least hibachi. ;o)
  • fuzzy K... Mrs.Vader 2013/06/18 19:47:59
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
    Wow. That's pricey.
    I can get a salmon or tuna roll or eel for about $5. Salmon roe for about $10.
  • Mrs.Vader fuzzy K... 2013/06/22 00:24:44
    Mrs.Vader
    +1
    Yeah, I'm not sure what the deal is. My husband took my daughter out for sushi for her 16th birthday and I want to say it ended up coming out close to $80. I thought that was ridiculous.
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