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MOORESVILLE, NC (WSOC) — At Caruso’s in Mooresville, the rules have changed.

Children 5 and younger are not allowed to dine there.

“Sometimes the children become rowdy, and some of our other guests, it has made them upset because the parents don’t do the right thing of taking the child out,” said manager Michael Mills

With its chandeliers, piano music and candlelight, Mills said the restaurant is trying to offer a fine dining experience.

Customer reactions started getting posted immediately on its Facebook page.

Channel 9 caught up with diners outside the restaurant. Whitney Labozzetta, a mom of six, doesn’t think it is right.

“We actually got up and left because the waitresses were very rude,” she said. “When my daughter, who is one, cried, they gave us the nasty look.”

Others accepted the policy.

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  1. Vog46

    It would appear as though this owner is over stating his fine dining claim.
    Caruso’s is in a strip mall right next to a place called “Big Al’s Gruberia”

    If he’s using “fine dining” as an excuse to ban kids I would have to say its a “fail”.
    I don’t have a problem with kids in restaurants – MOST are behaved and the occasional few that are misbehaving are a direct result of poor parenting. A 1 year old crying? That’s a “gift” from God.
    I get it – Caruso’s has the right to do this, but don’t come off as fine dining when you’re in a strip mall next to Big Al’s Gruberia

    Vog

    1. Heimie Schmelter

      Location has nothing to do with “fine dining” Fog. Fine dining has to do with the quality of food, the quality of the chef, how the food is presented and the “atmosphere”. Freddies, located at Kure Beach has the best Steaks, specialty pork chops and Italian food available in New Hanover county, if not all of NC. They are located next to an arcade in a “strip” of buildings. If you are lucky. you may get reservations a week ahead of time. Skip the Burger King and give it a try.

      1. guest45

        he wouldn’t know, he’s used to freebies, goes with the territory, the rest of us would like good food, and a quiet setting to enjoy it, McDonalds is for kids, they even have a playroom set up outside to accomodate them.

        who goes out and drops $100 bucks for supper to shout over screaming and tantrums?

      2. Vog46

        Heinie-
        So you would frequent a great restaurant in Harlem
        Yeah right you would……..
        And just as an fyi I like freddies, but wouldn’t call it the best at any one thing in NC

        Vog
        Unaffiliated and darned proud of it

      3. Vog46

        Heinie-
        So you would frequent a great restaurant in Harlem
        Yeah right you would……..
        And just as an fyi I like freddies, but wouldn’t call it the best at any one thing in NC

        Vog
        Unaffiliated and darned proud of it

    2. Jackson Lee

      A gift from God??? Stupid comment of the year. I don’t even want to hear them at a McDonalds.

  2. Heimie Schmelter

    When you pay to enjoy the services at a facility, you should be afforded the courtesy of comfort, especially with dining. If the restaurant owner has excessive experience with disruptive children and parents that neglect to discipline them, he has the right to impose these types of restrictions. He’s serving customers that pay good money to go there for dining, he’s making sure they have a good experience so he can remain in business.
    Parents, if you don’t have control of your children…get some!

  3. Old Surfer

    Well disciplined children rarely misbehave. I blame the parents for letting their precious little angels run wild. We need more butt-whoppins.

  4. Old Surfer

    The parents are the problem more than the children. Properly disciplined children rarely act out in public. But parents no longer believe in discipline.

  5. guest45

    hooray for the restaurant, I got no problem with setting an age limit, a lot of parents will not discipline their kids, it’ will be nice to have a quiet place to go and eat, the kids would enjoy McDonalds better anyways.

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