It seemed only a matter of time before some enterprising restaurant responded to the controversial decision earlier this month by a New Jersey restaurant to implement a no-kids policy. The response came last week when Doherty Enterprises, which operates selected Applebee’s Grill & Bar locations in the Garden State, announced that between Feb. 19 and 26, kids ages 12 under would eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Kurt Pahlitzsch, Doherty vice president of operations, is quoted by NJBIZ as having said, “Applebee’s is all about families and kids so after we saw the Netty’s [sic] article, we were inspired to do something that would remind our customers that kids are welcome at our restaurants. It’s why we’re offering a ‘Kids Eat Free’ promotion to help families out over the school break.”
It will be interesting to see if Nettie’s House of Spaghetti, the restaurant that imposed the ban on kids, will mount a counterattack. Fans of spaghetti wars are urged to grab their popcorn.
Heinz Boat Guy: Phone Home
Heinz, of 57 kinds fame, is hoping to locate a man who survived for nearly a month stranded at sea eating almost nothing but ketchup. As Business Insider reported in January, a Dominican sailor called Elvis Francois, 47, reportedly survived more than 20 days lost at sea subsisting entirely on a mixture of ketchup and seasonings. Francois was ultimately rescued by the Colombian Navy — and now Heinz would like “to celebrate his safe return home and help him buy a new boat,” as the company has acknowledged in several Instagram posts:
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