Orlando restaurant makes changes after issues with Bishop Moore High students and parents

ORLANDO, Florida. – A restaurant in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando is changing its rules for customers after facing issues from students at nearby Bishop Moore Catholic High School and their parents.

Starting Tuesday, the Tornatore Restaurant, 3818 Edgewater Drive, prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from entering the restaurant without an adult.

“Recently we had a group of kids from Bishop Moore who were so disrespectful to my staff, and I won’t put up with that,” restaurant owner Denny Tornatore said.

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Tornatore said the other issue was that the students’ parents were using his company’s parking lot to pick up their children, rather than waiting in the school queue. Tornatore, whose restaurant is in a mall with six other businesses, said expecting parents had evicted all potential customers and blocked off side streets in the neighborhood.

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“Every year I go to complain to Bishop Moore and they tell me the same thing – that anything that happens off their property there is nothing they can do about it,” Tornatore said. “And I understand it’s not on their property. It is therefore the parents who are at fault. And you can’t even come in here when they leave school.

News 6 has reached out to the school for comment on the matter. This story will be updated if Bishop Moore sends in a response.

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Tornatore said he tried to communicate the issue directly with the parents, but says he was only met with “attitude and rudeness”.

“We’ve spent so much money and have police off duty here and we’re in a pandemic and the cost to start up is higher than ever. I can’t afford to pay cops to do Bishop Moore’s job,” Tornatore said.

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Tornatore added that the problem extended beyond the school day, affecting all businesses in the square.

“It’s a place that has six businesses – and all of them family businesses – and we’re literally losing money every day,” he said. “There will be a sporting event in Bishop Moore, there are literally signs everywhere (not to park here), they will park their car here and go to the sporting event for 5 hours.”

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Tornatore said he plans to put up cones in his parking lot on Tuesday in a bid to help enforce the new rules and keep parents away from his lot.

“I’ve hired security, starting tomorrow,” he said. “We install cones everywhere. When (students) try to cross the street, we will intercept them and tell them: “Why are you coming here? ” To return to. There’s a place to hang out at Bishop Morris in particular. They have an after school program you can sit and wait for free.

In addition to the rule changes, the restaurant owner is also making changes to the menu, no longer selling pizza by the slice. He said he hopes the move will further discourage students from trying to hang out at his restaurant.

“Anyway, we’re moving to a more fancy Italian restaurant, it will help solidify that, and I won’t tolerate my staff being disrespected by overprivileged kids,” he said. .

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He said the shift to high-end restaurants comes as prices rise.

“I have to, I have to increase the experience to match the prices,” Tornatore said.

As well as refining the menu, the business owner added that he plans to remodel the restaurant in stages, to improve the ambience.

“We’re going to do it piece by piece,” he said. “This month we are going to do our bathrooms and hallways. And then next month, we’re going to do the front waiting room and the front of the restaurant. And then in July, we will have to close for a few weeks to do the dining room.

Tornatore hopes the new rules and improved framework will bring back some of the customers it says are avoiding the company because of the student crowds.

“The only thing that really bothers me is that there are really good kids (at Bishop Moore),” he said. “I have been here for 13 years. I’ve seen some of these kids go through high school and go on to do great things and they still come here and eat. And there are some really good apples there, but I don’t know what’s going on.

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