Reporting John Shumway
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — He’s the first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
So, you might expect a local restaurant to open their doors wide for Gaby Sanchez and his family.
But Sanchez had a different experience around lunchtime Wednesday. He says he was turned away from a restaurant on Mount Washington.
After celebrating an extra inning win in Detroit last night the Pirates arrived by home early this morning, and before heading to PNC Park, Sanchez wanted a nice family lunch.
“My wife’s family is in town and why not take them to a nice place, nice view and see the city,” said Sanchez.
So the family went to the only Mount Washington restaurant open for lunch, the Coal Hill Steakhouse and Grandview Saloon.
“We went into the restaurant, and they said, ‘Nope, sorry, we don’t take anyone less than 6-years-old,” said Sanchez. “And we had the baby with us, so we went all right, I don’t know what to do, so we said, ‘All right, see you later.’ And we left.”
A no baby policy was a first for the Pirates’ first baseman.
“Never, not once,” he said. “Even not having a baby have I ever seen anything of that nature.”
He even called it a first when he related the turn away on Twitter, and has since gotten a lot of Twitter support.
By the way, the Sanchez baby is not exactly the terrible two’s.
“She’s 10 months,” said Sanchez.
The owner of the restaurant wasn’t available today, but on their website they say this policy prohibiting kids under 6 is part of their overall policy to give customers the best food service and satisfactions.
KDKA’s John Shumway: “Do you understand that?”
Sanchez: “No, I don’t. I feel like you should be able to go in there and eat regardless of anything.”
Sanchez and family ended up at Bettis Grille 36 on the North Side.
“It was great, too. Different view, but we got to eat though,” he said.
And he has no plan to try Coal Hill again.
“It was just weird to me that you can’t go in there as a family and have a dinner in that place, especially with the nice view they have in that place,” Sanchez added.