Would you go to a restaurant with a one-drink policy for parents out with their children? At Peddlers Bar and Bistro in upstate New York, that’s exactly what you’re in for as a rule — no exceptions.
In fact, the long-standing restaurant policy (in place since 2010!) doesn’t just apply to parents. The restaurant absolutely prohibits any customer who is the designated driver for a group that includes a child from drinking more than one alcoholic beverage at their establishment.
“We love children. Everybody loves children, and children don’t have a voice,” said general manager Melisa Gravelle. “I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving.”
The policy is explained on their website as part of the “commitment to end fatalities from drinking and driving.” According to the CDC, there were 10,265 drunk driving deaths in 2015. More worryingly, 16 percent of traffic accident victims 14 years old or younger were in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
If there is more than one adult there, the policy only applies to the one who says they are the designated driver. Patrons without children, on the other hand, are welcome to have more than one drink if they wish.
Gravelle says she’s heard very few complaints from customers over the years about the policy. However, some folks are divided on social media about it. While some fans are praising the café, others are calling the rule overbearing.
What do you think? Too harsh, or right on the money?