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Should Parents Have Brought Their Baby to Alinea?

Chicago chef Grant Achatz is considering banning kids from Alinea after parents brought a crying baby to the restaurant.

Chicago chef Grant Achatz tweeted that he's considering banning babies from his restaurant after a couple brought their eight month old infant to Alinea, an upscale restaurant in Lincoln Park that costs between $210 and $265 per diner, not including drinks. 

"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..," the chef Tweeted late last week. 

"I could hear it crying in the kitchen," Achatz told Good Morning America. "We want people to come and enjoy and experience Alinea for what it is. But we also have to be cognizant of the other 80 people that came in to experience Alinea that night."  

The couple was not asked to leave the restaurant. 

What do you think? Should babies be allowed in fancy restaurants? Weigh in in the comments below! 
Joseph R. Martan January 17, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Unfortunately, there is that percentage of young parents who think it is cute and their absolute right to inflict their little ones on everyone else in any venue. Total self-absorption. Clearly, I'm one of those who holds that the parents should not have brought the baby to a chi-chi restaurant like this. When people are paying hundreds of dollars for both the food AND the atmosphere, that experience should not be ruined by a crying toddler. Too bad that the parents' sitter bailed out on them at the last moment but how about parents making a little sacrifice for the kids in their tender years instead of this "I have to be fulfilled" attitude so many display?

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