Dining out with a 2-year-old is never easy.
For Joy Mermelstein — the mother of a non-verbal, autistic boy — it’s particularly tough.
But Little Barn advertises itself as “kid-friendly.” They’ve got high chairs, special menus, and a patient staff.
The other day, Joy’s family — with her son Charlie — headed to the popular Post Road restaurant. He acted out a bit. A couple nearby — with their own young child — did not mind.
But another diner did. And said something.
Joy sat down. She teared up.
What happened next is remarkable. The wait staff, the manager — everyone — went waaaay out of their way to make Joy and Charlie feel welcome.
I won’t tell you exactly what happened. Joy describes it far better than I can.
And she does it on a video she posted to Facebook and YouTube. (Be sure to watch it to the end!)
It should go viral.
And if it does, Little Barn should add plenty of seats and tables. Because they deserve to be packed — every meal — with the kind of patrons who appreciate a good restaurant, run by and with great people.
(Hat tip: Peggy Lehn)