Get All Access for $5/mo

'It Was Alarming': Restaurant Charges Family With Children $50 Fee, Lists Reason as 'Adults Unable to Parent' Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is located in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

By Emily Rella

Google Maps
A photo of the inside of Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

If you hate dining with loud and energetic children nearby, maybe head to this place in Georgia. The restaurant owner is allegedly reprimanding families with overactive children at the table — and charging a $50 fee for "adults unable to parent."

Related: 'The New Norm': Viral Document Exposes Hidden Charges on Restaurant Bills, From Service Fees to 'Health and Happiness' Fees

On Reddit, a post documenting the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant's list of additional fees is going viral with added gratuity, including charges for separate checks and birthday parties.

This restaurant charges you extra for bad parenting
byu/LPineapplePizzaLover inmildlyinteresting

Is it too far or a good idea? Many weighed in on the "absurd" list of fees.

"Being a Karen goes both ways, and this restaurant is giving me Karen vibes," one user quipped. "Passive-aggressive menu, lack of consistent formatting or capitalizing, complicated pricing, etc."

"The number of red flags on this menu, I'd just go ahead and say no thanks," another said bluntly. "I don't have a lot of faith in the quality of their supply lines, or in the rigor of their kitchen safety procedures."

One family who visited the restaurant with four other families said that they were hit with a $50 charge for dining with 11 children aged between 3 and 8 years old.

Related: 'Criminal' and 'Absolutely Obscene' Photo of $28 Beer on Menu at Airport Sparks Outrage

"I remember thinking, 'No way is this real," Lyndsey Landmann told Today of the incident, alleging that the owner came over to their table to explain the fee and began talking to them in an "alarming" manner. "I looked around the restaurant and everybody was frozen watching this show he was putting on. He was yelling."

Landmann said that the children at the table were "well-behaved" and "quiet" and that the fee was completely uncalled for.

"If you have children, absolutely avoid this place at all costs. Holy moly," one one-star Google review says. "Terrible business practice, we will never be back."

Toccoa Riverside joins the ranks of dozens of restaurants being slammed for extraneous fees in recent months, many in part due to the pandemic and inflation-related costs.

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur's request for comment but told Today in a statement that the restaurant was "not going to comment on a policy we've had for years."

Related: 'These Fees Are Getting Out of Hand': Diner Claims She Was Charged 5% Fee At Restaurant to Support Employee Health Care

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

How to Be a Billionaire By 25, According to a College Dropout Turned CEO Worth $1.6 Billion

Austin Russell became the world's youngest self-made billionaire in 2020 at age 25.


Taylor Swift Has a Lucky Number. And She's Not the Only High Performer Who Leans Into Superstitions to Boost Confidence.

Even megastars like Swift need a little extra something to get them in the right mindset when it is game time.


SEO Trends You Need to Be Aware of Right Now, According to a Seasoned Pro

Navigate the future of search engine optimization to elevate your online presence and drive meaningful engagement.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.


These 3 Big Tech Companies Offer 6-Figure Salaries and Easy Interviews — Especially If You Follow This Expert's Advice

There are far more candidates than positions, so being strategic on the job hunt is key.