Alinea’s Grant Achatz Considers a Baby Ban, Sparks National Debate

Back in September, Nancy wrote about Battuto, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in North Dallas, taking to Facebook when a family of four had a fussy kid. Y’all left your (mostly) pleasant thoughts in the comments.

Today, one of the biggest restaurant stories circulating the web is also focused kids. Well, actually babies. On Saturday, a couple brought their 8-month-old to Alinea, a fine-dining establishment in Chicago with three Michelin stars. Three. Not exactly a neighborhood restaurant where dining next to a noisy kid is a little more understandable.

Achatz didn’t end up throwing out the parents and their baby, but he did complain to everyone on Twitter. Gawker posted a photo of owner and chef Grant Achatz’s annoyed tweet, in which he sorta half-rants, half-asks what he should do. Obviously, the chef was not a happy camper. (But he still had some humor left to tweet the parody account, @AlineaBaby, afterward. It now has 972 followers. Crazy.)

In the above video, Achatz tells Good Morning America, “We want people to come in 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.”

What should Alinea do with screaming babies from now on? Maybe they should put it in their dress code. “No jeans, no cut-off booty shorts, and no babies. Ever.”