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Do Babies And Fine Dining Intertwine?

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Should babies be allowed in upscale restaurants?

It's a debate recently sparked by Chicago Chef Grant Achatz, owner of fine dining restaurant Alinea.

It's a situation Chef Aris Galanis, owner of 1424 Bistro in Waco, is familiar with. But it's not one he's bothered by.

"Usually when the baby cries the mother will take it out or take it to the other room or in the restroom," Galanis said. "I mean that will happen once or twice and that will be all."

1424 prides itself in being Waco's home for good food, wine and conversation.

Galanis says the word upscale doesn't fit his taste.

The same goes for local restaurant group Quickfire Restaurants, L.L.C., which owns Diamondback's Steakhouse in Waco.

CEO Michael Kornman released this statement addressing the controversy: "The dining experience at a 3 Michelin-star restaurant is markedly different than a steakhouse and at diamondback's we welcome everyone, including children. As a father of two, I do understand that babies often cry and when they do most parents work hard to avoid disturbing people around them, even if it means getting up for few minutes with the child."

Restaurant patrons we spoke to feel the same.

"I don't have a problem with them as long as the parent's know how to control them," said Andy skop, a restaurant goer.

"I try to ignore it and then I'll get up and leave because I don't like confrontations with people and don't want to get into a confrontation with the parents, but after a while they should get up and leave," said restaurant-goer Edward McElyea

As for Chef Galanis and his restaurant, the rules will remain the same.

"We love to have families, family reunions and single families to come over here and have dining experience," Galanis said. "We love the kids and that's how it supposed to be."

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