Clifton Park restaurant adopts unique policy

Full story: WNYT Albany

The customer is not always right at Peddler's Bar and Grill in Clifton Park. The restaurant has a unique policy and won't serve alcohol to an adult if they're accompanied by a child.
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ella

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I hope you monitor the drinking at the bar by those who are driving. You are held responsible if someone leaves drunk and kills that sober parent. I have seen more than one drinker at your bar have 3 or 4 drinks and then drive!!
How do you know what parent is driving?
It is a noble effort to try to keep children safe from their own parent.
Matt

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This is probably the stupidest policy I've ever heard of. They're are plenty of people who can drink responsibly, and for whom one drink will not impair driving ability. Furthermore, kids should be taught about the potential negative effects of alcohol and how, when they're of age, to drink responsibly and sensibly.
ah H2O

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water, the best drink!
Follow-up study requested

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A local resturant chain who will not serve a single beverage to a parent, but will well over serve others drinks in a given night??? How does that make any sense? If you are going to take a stand on alcohol consumption, be willing to apply it to the general population where it makes an actual difference. Parents having a single beverage are not the group of interest or concern. Great publicity - but questionable motive. I would be intersted to see a follow-up story on how many beverages are served to the general public at these establishments. In addition, parking is limited at Peddler's and on nice days people are now parking across the street and walking across Route 9. This is very dangerous in itself given there is no crosswalk or traffic signal nearby. What about taking accountability in areas that are meaningful?
no kids

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I could not think of a better way to indirectly state that children are not welcome.
Responsible imbiber

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The restaurant is overstepping its role. Don't serve ANY alcohol if you're going to adopt such a policy.(And I understand this story is for TV, but where's proofreading?)
Wharf Rat

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Blame the NYS government for creating a law that specifically targets families. Leandra's law must be repealed. Its an injustice to create criminals out of regular citizens.
Are you serious

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What?So If my husband wants a beer,he can't get it if our kids are with us!
Ridiculous!
Right On

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This place is ridiculous anyway. an hour wait for a table and another hour wait for the food. They might better concentrate on improving their service rather than singling out a parent who has an occasional cocktail when out to dinner with the kids.

Food wasn't even that good, BTW
Zbart

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A stupid policy indeed.

Agree with Right On. They have MAJOR problems right now getting food orders placed and delivered to the table within an hour. Nobody wants to wait that long these days. Really poor. The owners should fix that issue first.

Not going back there any time soon.
LOL

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Little Jimmy, stop sipping on mommies wine!

LOL!
Hairy Jerry

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Stopped in Sat night with friends for food but decided to have cocktails and eat somewhere else. There is very limited parking. We parked in the Hotel's parking lot but became nervous when we noticed the cars that had obvious Hotel parking permit passes on their dashboard. There was no singage to indicate if parking at the Hotel was allowed or discouraged. Once inside it was mobbed and a party/frat house atmosphere which did not appeal to us (Pool tables and dart boards). I know their other places are known (fair or unfair) as couger hang outs but we didn't get it if that was their intention at Peddlers. The crowd was certainly on the younger side and we witnessed several 40-50 yr old males prowling around hopelessly looking to score but looking like fools. It was VERY difficult to get drinks from the bar as it practically blocked from access once there are people gathering around it. It took us 20 minutes to get the bartenders attention (not their fault) for a round. That may be different when the outdoor patio bar is opened (it was closed this night). It wasn't our scene and we were nervous our car would be towed so after one round we left. Maybe we'll stop back during the day for lunch to try the food. It's very surprising how the local township allows a venue such as this to be built with an obvious lack of parking forcing customers to park "off property". It seemed there were 300 people there and only 65 parking spots.
Tiffany

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Love it!
Zbart

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The restaurant has a binding agreement with the hotel that parking is allowed in the hotel area as well. So park there.
DawgPound

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that's crazy!
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I think its a good idea and if you don't like it don't eat there, there are too many drunks on the road anyway
Jen

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Zbart wrote:
The restaurant has a binding agreement with the hotel that parking is allowed in the hotel area as well. So park there.
No the hotel has NO binding agreement with Peddler's, if you are found parking in the hotel area and do not have a hotel sticker placed on your dashboard you are going to get ticketed. Wondering what the occupancy of this place was, anyone know? Went in there saturday to try and get something to eat hour wait for a table than another 45 mins for our food, the service was horrible, and the food was not that great. There were about 300=350 people in that little place, Funny reading about the parent's not being able to order a drink if their child is with them. My husband and I watched to young men so drunk walk out of that place get in their cars and drive away about 10 mins later another gentlmen got up from the bar stumbling walked outside fell in the ditch on the roadway got to his car and sped off, HORRIBLE place, never be back again.
Lenny Barlow

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Man, there are a lot of drunks on this board.
Lenny Barlow

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Lenny Barlow wrote:
Man, there are a lot of drunks on this board.
And now I find out that there is a transgender guy that hangs out here too.

That's cool. Hey Dan Carver, I'm cool with you transgenders, so how able we have a date at this place?

Facebook me,(Big Barlow),so we can talk in private.
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Dinner with family, sorry no beer. Drop the wife and kids off at home after, go back and get drunk and drive home possibly killing someone in the process. Dumb restaurant, shitty food.

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