Restaurants react to one drink policy for parents dining with kids

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Joe Squalli’s restaurant Rooney’s has been around for 40 years, and his policy has never been to tell customers dining with kids how much they can drink.

“I don’t even know how you can enforce it,” Squalli said.

Squalli said to his knowledge, there isn’t a law restricting alcoholic drinks for customers with kids.

News 8 checked and there isn’t.

That means it’s up for debate whether a restaurant can choose this policy or not.

A restaurant in Albany called ‘Peddlers in Clifton Park’ has the policy in place and has since 2010.

Squalli won’t do it.

“For example, if you’d like to have a bottle of wine as a couple and [you] have a child with, you’re going to restrict them from enjoying a bottle of wine? That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me personally.”

But while some restaurant owners feel there’s a way to keep everyone safe without implementing this policy, some customers disagree.

“One drink makes sense to me,” Rooney’s customer Jagat Mehta said.

He’d rather restaurants err on the side of safety for the entire family.

“You never know how fast you’ll drink and what the alcohol level is. A lot of accidents can happen,” he said.

Most restaurants and bars, including Rooney’s, have policies in place that cut off the drinks if a customer is too inebriated to function.

That includes customers with children.

“It’s just a matter of training of training your staff to enforce policy without putting too many restrictions,” Squalli said.

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