So dinner costs at least $500. Do the diners have a right to eat in peace?
To bring a child to a restaurant, or not to: it’s a question parents have grappled with for aeons.
It’s a tough call. For parents, leaving their offspring at home means organising a babysitter, and subsequently doubling the cost of a simple meal out on the town. However, for fellow diners and wait staff, noisy, boisterous kids can be disruptive and annoying.
It's one thing to put up with a kid's screams when you're grabbing a bite at a cafe or Maccas - but when you're sitting in front of a $200 meal at one of the world's top restaurants, which you've had reserved for 3 months, it's not quite as cute.
So as you can imagine, diners at Chicago restaurant Alinea, which boasts 3 Michelin stars and is currently ranked number 15 in the world, were none too pleased when a couple arrived with their eight-month-old in tow last weekend.
Apparently unimpressed by a menu filled with oyster leaf and lobster with carrot and camomile, the bub spent much of the night in tears, prompting the restaurant's owner and head chef Grant Achatz to tweet about the conundrum he faced.
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