Slash Run says "no kids after 8pm, please."

After a customer changed their child's diaper on a table at the restaurant, breaking the proverbial straw, Slash Run has created a new policy asking customers not to bring kids to the restaurant after 8pm.

According to an article in the Washington City Paper, co-owner Gordon Banks clarified the request they're making to guests, saying as a parent, he understands the need for a place to go with kids: "Urban parents today still want to be able to go out and get a good beer and take their kids out and not feel ashamed."

"For their own safety, please keep your children seated with you at all times & we kindly ask that you leave the lil ones at home after 8pm."

Banks told WCP that kids aren't kicked out at 8 pm, he just hopes they'll come in no later than 8 pm, allowing Slash Run to become a fully adult bar by 9. "We're starting to book bands, and it's something that's inappropriate for very small children," Banks told the paper.

Slash Run has had incidents of kids running into the kitchen, and other issues. While being really kid friendly, they want to be an adult bar in the evenings.

Banks told WCP that kids aren't kicked out at 8 pm, he just hopes they'll come in no later than 8 pm, allowing Slash Run to become a fully adult bar by 9. "We're starting to book bands, and it's something that's inappropriate for very small children," Banks told the paper.

With Petworth's increasing child population, restaurants offering children's menus, high chairs and changing tables becomes more and more a necessity of doing business, if the restaurant wants families to patronize. Parents want to go with their kids and be able to dine out without feeling stuck for solutions. On the other hand, changing your child's diaper at a table is a social faux paux. A parent needs to be prepared for contingencies. (To be fair, it was my wife who was always prepared, she even brought a collapsable portable potty with us.) 

Obviously, Slash Run, which continues to be a great partner to the community, wants to ensure they are able to offer the appropriate environment for both families and rockers. 

Ah, the trials and tribulations of running a successful business in a neighborhood.