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! 
Highlands HP'er January 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM
So they could afford $200+ a person for dinner but not a babysitter. I bet they complained about the children's menu too.
Shira Gurfinkel January 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM
From what I heard about the story, their babysitter canceled. And you pay a fee to make a reservation at this restaurant. That being said... The answer is NO!!! They should not have brought a baby to this restaurant! Or any other restaurant that doesn't include a kiddy land or drive through! Other people shouldn't have to pay the price for your kid!
Meshephelous January 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I can't believe that nobody had the balls to tell the parents to GTFO.
Highlands HP'er January 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Shira- Yeah, I suppose stuff happens. I recollect that it always seemed like the parents who didn't discipline their children or were stingy with baby sitters tended to have the most problems with babysitters. When I was a teen parents really had to pay something like $10 an hour (something like $13-15 today) to get any kind of reliable babysitter. Though I wonder if todays teens baby sit as much anymore. We used to shovel and do yard work for money when I was a teen, I really don't see any of that up here.


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