A highly reviewed restaurant in Houston is drawing positive attention on social media for providing parents with a card detailing how their children will be expected to behave during visits.
"Children at Cuchara don't run or wander around the restaurant,” reads the card from Cuchara Restaurant. “They stay seated and ask their parents to take them to the restroom. They don't scream, throw tantrums or touch the walls, murals, windows or anything of the other patrons. They are respectful!"
News of the best-practices document has spread via local media and the internet. The move has won unabashed praise on social media, with posters saying the guidelines could tip dining decisions in Cuchara’s favor.
@Cucharahouston i applaud your child rule card. I chose not to have kids, and i hate to spend good money at a restaurant w unruly brats!— doverpoet (@doverpoet) November 8, 2015
@Cucharahouston reading the story about you kid rules postcard and I wishing I lived close enough to visit everyday.— Very Serious Goat (@OldGoatMan) November 7, 2015
The code of discipline looks more like a sketch with a caption than a set of commandments. The artwork, showing a family eating peacefully inside the restaurant, was drawn by Cuchara’s artist in resident, Cecilia Beaven, an apparent relation to co-proprietor Ana Beaven.
She and partner Charlie McDaniel told the local ABC affiliate that they decided to issue the cards to parents after a child damaged a wall while his parents ate nearby. The boy used a quarter to scratch the wall. The repair alone cost $1,200, according to the co-proprietors, and they also paid employees while the restaurant was closed for the fix-it work.
Cochura, which features what locals describe as authentic Mexican cuisine, has been hailed by local critics as one of the best dining spots in the city.