Florida restaurant bans ketchup for anyone over 10 years old

"Chef reserves the right to refuse service of ketchup," reads the menu.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |  Sept. 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM
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FORT MYERS, Fla., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- "No ketchup for you!"

Fort Myers restaurant Mad Fresh Bistro has banned ketchup for all their patrons over the age of 10.

"Chef reserves the right to refuse service of ketchup," reads the menu.

Mad Fresh Bistro's logic is they season their food well and it should not be smothered by the processed, tomato-based condiment.

"We know, we know. People love their ketsup. But honestly, be ready. If you're over 10 years old, ketsup will NOT be provided. Similarly, salt won't be making an appearance next to your meal, either. We simply ask that you trust us. We know what we're doing! Part of the MAD experience is to trust the chef, and not have preconceived notions of what your dish is going to need," said Mad Fresh Bistro in a statement.

In fairness, this restaurant is not the only entity with a strong stance on ketchup.

Chicago newspaperman Mike Royko wrote about the placement of ketchup on they city's famous hot dogs in the Chicago Tribune in 1995.

"No, I won't condemn anyone for putting ketchup on a hot dog. This is the land of the free," he wrote. "Sure, it would be disgusting and perverted, and they would be shaming themselves and their loved ones. But under our system of government, it is their right to be barbarians."

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