Caruso’s, the upscale Italian restaurant that sparked a social media frenzy after it banned children five and under, is now seeing a 50-80 percent increase in business nightly. The ban went into effect before Christmas, but it wasn’t until a local paper covered the story that everybody who was anybody had an opinion for or against. The restaurant had been receiving complaints from patrons, and customers had even walked out because of children throwing food, screaming, and running around. The final straw was when a child was playing her iPad too loud, patrons complained, and waitstaff asked the parents to lower the volume and they didn’t. Caruso’s webpage describes the restaurant as “traditional, classy, intimate;” but owner Pasquale Caruso said the atmosphere was becoming more like a local pizzeria. In addition to the business boom following the company’s decision to clarify its niche, Caruso’s is now ranked sixth out of 177 Mooresville restaurants on Trip Advisor.