Should You Bring A Crying Baby To A Fancy Restaurant?
Would you be annoyed if your $400 dinner was interrupted by a fussy baby?
That’s the question Chef Grant Achatz of Chicago’s upscale Alinea restaurant posed on Twitter and the response has ignited a firestorm.
Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but..—
Grant Achatz (@Gachatz) January 12, 2014
“For my birthday, we went to Morton’s, a steakhouse, a pretty decent restaurant. He’s [Angie's son] usually great at dinner and he had a full meltdown,” Producer Angie explained.
“I was super embarrassed and there was an older couple by us and they could not have been nicer. They got up and came and said, ‘We’re grandparents. Don’t worry about it.’ They obviously saw that we were embarrassed, but it happens! You know, kids have meltdowns.”
Carson, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky during a recent dinner with his own family.
“I had the owner of a restaurant in New York recently get all lippy with us over my daughter and it wasn’t even that great of a restaurant. We exchanged words,” he said.
“You’ve never seen a 16-month-old? And Siri’s done the like, walk her outside, it wasn’t even crowded and we were in a corner. We had done everything that we could and we were having a moment with our kid, it’s going to pass and this guy’s gotta start jawing at me.”
“What’s the cutoff?” Carson asked. “Like Morton’s is a great restaurant…The line’s got to definitely be at fine dining.”
“Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you should feel a sense of entitlement to do and go anywhere you want, he continued. “You have to have respect for your fellow people.”
“I don’t think I would take my son to that restaurant because I wouldn’t want to ruin, well, my meal, but I also wouldn’t want to ruin people’s meals around me either,” Angie said.
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles