Might Belleville, IL actually become known as a trendsetter?
A restaurant there, Eckert’s Country Restaurant, “recently started offering children’s DVDs and portable players for use while families dine.” In only one week demand has forced them to increase supply. Any parent with kids knows how hard it is to get a restless youngster to behave while at a restaurant. The restaurant is calling it a “Sports bar for kids.”
National Industry experts can’t come up with another restaurant that’s tried this yet. But it’s such a natural idea (at least it seems so to me) that I can’t imagine others won’t hear about this and say “let’s do it too!”.
As the article notes – Eckert’s realizes this is a risky proposition — kids are known to break stuff. They’re probably hoping that the profits from the increased business will outweigh the costs. I suspect there are already, or soon will be, sturdy ‘kid proof’ dvd players on the market.