Lavish restaurant sticks to their guns after receiving backlash for implementing age policy

A Missouri restaurant has gone viral for implementing a novel age policy permitting only the grown and seasoned into the establishment.

Bliss Restaurant, a lavish restaurant that serves Caribbean food in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant, has been the talk of the town ever since it opened in mid-May — and for one remarkable reason.

“Women must be at least 30 years old and men must be 35 to enter the business,” according to local station KSDK.

Customers who appear to be too young must show their ID at the front door to earn entry.

“The restaurant is just something for the older people to come do, have a happy hour, come get some good food and not have to worry about some of the young folks who bring some of that drama,” assistant manager Erica Rhodes told the station.

“Of course, we have been getting a little backlash because of our policy, but that’s OK, we’re sticking to our code,” she added.

Some of the backlash can be seen on social media:

“I would tell those younger ones to come patronize the business once you turn 30 or 35 because we’re going to be here for a while,” Rhodes said in response to the backlash.

But not everybody agrees with the critics.

“He has a policy that suits the clientele that he’s trying to draw in, and me being 65, I think he’s on the right track,” Fernando Smith, a patron, told KSDK, referring to the store’s owner, Marvin Pate.

Pate obviously agrees.

“I think Bliss is a home away from home. You can come here and actually feel like you’re at a resort. People will feel like they’re on a vacation,” he told the station.

There is some good news for the youth, though. Pate intends to start offering to-go orders in a few weeks, and those orders should presumably be available to everybody, regardless of age.

As for the food options, Chef Alex Dixon said, “We offer delicious oxtails, fresh snapper, jerk lamb chops, wonderful cabbage, fresh snapper, and more. All of it is delicious and Jamaican-style.”


The last time a restaurant went viral for an age limit was early last year when a New Jersey restaurant announced that children under 10 wouldn’t be permitted to dine at their establishment.

Nettie’s House of Spaghetti, an Italian restaurant in Tinton Falls, made the decision because it was “extremely challenging to accommodate children,” they told local station WRRV.

The restaurant also cited “noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant.”

This time, there was not as much backlash as there was praise and understanding.


Vivek Saxena


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