The comment posted above is spot on. The owner of the Boathouse sent a scathing e-mail to a patron who had the gaul to write to him regarding an incident. Read from the bottom:
From: lawton Haygood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:34 PM
To: Johnson, Craig J
Subject: RE: Restaurant Experience
You really should check with your Pediatrician, concerning a 3 year old having that much control over her nutritional program.
From: Johnson, Craig J [mailto:CJJohnson@unum.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:08 PM
Subject: Restaurant Experience
To whom it may concern.
I wanted to inform you an incredibly unsatisfactorily experience I had with your restaurant. On Saturday June 20, I attempted to take my father to the Boathouse for a Father's Day dinner along with my wife, my 3 year old and my 1 month old daughter. My Father was in from out of state and I wanted to bring him to a dinner he would enjoy as he loves seafood. In order to make the experience enjoyable for everyone, we stopped at McDonalds prior to arriving at the restaurant in order to get my daughter some food that she would be willing to eat. My daughter can be a particularly picky eater at times and we wanted to make sure that she would be happy and there would be something she would be willing to eat.
When I arrived at the restaurant, it was noticeably not crowded yet I had to wait for almost 10 minutes while the multiple hostesses tried to determine where I could be seated. Keep in mind that it was probably close to 100 degrees out and that I have a one month old child. I finally was brought to my seat after this wait and was in the process of being seated, when a female employee whom I might assume was the manager came over to me and informed me that would could not bring me daughters food into the restaurant as it was against the "Health Code" for such to be done. I attempted to explain the situation to her and was basically put on deaf ears and repeatedly told that it was a health code issue and that my only choice was to leave and go elsewhere. I was never offered any sort of other alternative. So therefore despite the fact that I went out of my way to go to your restaurant, I had to then load 2 kids back into the car in the 100 degree heat and drive to another restaurant.
After this experience, I contacted the State of Tennessee to see if this was in fact a violation and received the following email back:
This guy has swindled people all over town for years. Total scumbag.