A far north Queensland restaurant that controversially banned children under seven says 'it's been good for business'.
Flynn's Restaurant in Yungaburra issued a ban on children younger than seven years old after a patron's two-year-old started crying in her high chair at the beginning of July.
Owner and chef Liam Flynn told Business Insider: "Business is booming.
"We just had record Friday and Saturday nights. People are spending up large, drinking fine wine and spending up big.'
The restaurant hit the headlines after a tense stand-off with a parent and her crying tot.
Flynn's Restaurant in Yungaburra issued a ban on children younger than seven years old on Sunday after a patron's two-year-old started crying in her high chair.
In a post on TripAdvisor, the toddler's mother had complained restaurant staff had rudely asked the family to take "the child" out of the dining room.
"On leaving without completing our meal, we complained about the manner in which we were treated," she wrote.
"That caused a heated discussion.
"Within half an hour of our departure the policy for children at Flynn's was changed to `no children under seven allowed'."
But Flynn's did not back down.
Manager Sonia Tymecka posted on the restaurant's Facebook page the policy was indeed enacted "minutes" after the family left.
"We respect our guests' wishes to dine in a calm atmosphere.
"The feedback from our diners regarding screaming babies have been nothing but wholly negative and in the interest of their wishes we have decided to introduce this policy and it will stand.
"Finding alternative arrangements for small children to ensure they don't disturb other diners is customary in Europe.
"As a born-and-bred European myself, I do follow a good dining etiquette," she said.
"Those are basic social skills and we do not feel that we should be teaching parents how to handle their children."
The viral tit-for-tat has inspired heated debate among locals about whether to boycott the restaurant or not.
"Agree 100% with this decision, there are plenty of other restaurants to take children to," Kim Elizabeth wrote.
But others are able to see the humorous side to the culinary stalemate.
"Love your restaurant! Enjoyed a lovely lunch with my two month old just recently. Oh well see u in seven years!!" wrote one (former) diner.
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