A cafe owner who banned customers from wearing pajamas in her business says she has received nationwide support for her stance.
Ciara Burke, owner of Sage & Stone Café in Duleek, Co.Meath, caused a storm when she posted a new ‘No pajamas allowed’ rule on their social media.
The new policy was introduced after two women dressed in pajamas, slippers and dressing gowns called the shop In Monday.
ciara said Extra.ie she was horrified when she returned after dropping her children off at school to find the women still wearing their dressing gowns in the cafe.
Oddly, she says the women were on their way to the airport where they planned to catch a flight to New York.
“They were in pajamas and a robe and slippers, but they weren’t clean, and then they were catching a flight to New York for, I guess, a little nap,” she said.
‘I’ve seen it creeping in somewhere else where people go to take out in their pajamas but my staff make sure they’re all in suits and boots and nice and clean when they come in to work.
“I decided to nip it in the bud right now. People ask can you afford to refuse clients and my answer is; yes, absolutely – if they are in pajamas.
Ciara started her business after converting her father’s milking parlor in 2010 into a café with just a handful of tables, but now has over 100 tables and employs 35 people.
The 52-year-old, who also owns a gift shop and farm shop as well as outside catering services, says she has no regrets about her position.
She also revealed that she has received incredible support from the public since her no-pajamas policy made headlines.
“I’ve had calls from Kerry, Galway and even Donegal from people telling me I’m right and they’re tired of seeing this happen,” she said.
‘I have thick skin so I don’t care what people say but if anyone tries to come to the cafe [wearing pyjamas]they will be put in the pajama area which is outside with smokers.
“Most sane people who get up in the morning and are able to dress themselves at least will agree.
“I think I touched a nerve with a lot of people, most of whom agree but if they don’t I don’t care, I’m thick-skinned.
“I have my opinion and everyone has theirs.”