Missouri Restaurant Divides Customers With Age Restriction Rule

Marvin Pate, owner of Bliss restaurant in Florissant, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, has taken exclusivity to a new level by imposing age restrictions on customers to prevent drama and allow older folks to enjoy happy hour in peace. Men must be at least 35 years old to dine at Bliss, while women 30 and older are allowed in. The unusual age restriction has left a nasty taste in the mouths of less seasoned diners, with older patrons saying Pate has created an atmosphere of “pure utopia.” The restaurant specializes in West African and Caribbean food and promises a “sophisticated environment” and a “unique ambiance.” Assistant Manager Erica Rhodes says older people want to come and get some good food and not have to worry about the drama that young folks seem to create. The backlash has not phased Pate, who says he looks forward to welcoming those who are too young to dine now when they turn 30 or 35.