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Restaurant only allows those with kids one alcoholic drink

Posted at 2:52 PM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 14:52:16-04

CLIFTON PARK, NY (WTEN/CNN) - A New York restaurant doesn't let the prospects of a busy summer season change its policy toward parents drinking alcohol.

A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

"We love children - everybody loves children, and children don't have a voice," general manager Melisa Gravelle said. "I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving. I could never do that, and it's a choice you can avoid."

Most of the time, the bar doesn't have any issues enforcing the policy. Occasionally, however, customers do push back.

When that happens, they are asked to leave.

"They do get berated at the tables, and some (waitresses) come back very, very upset," Gravelle said. "But the managers go to the table and they explain we're not picking on parents. It's just something we feel in our hearts is something we can do in order to help."

Customers say they don't mind the policy, because it comes from a place a good intentions.

"Why take the chance?" diner Greg Culver said. "Definitely doesn't make any sense. That way you keep those people off the road."

The policy has been in place for seven years, and the restaurant is allowed by law to enforce the rule.

The rule is printed on cards at tables explaining the policy and the reason behind it.

"I think it's a great policy," diner Barb Buckley said. "When you think about the law, when you think about the responsibility that a parent has to protect their children."

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