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Chef Stirs Debate on Bringing Babies to Restaurant

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What were they thinking, right? 

Grant Achatz, chef of Alinea, sparked a debate about the appropriateness of bringing children to upscale restaurants after he tweeted that a couple brought their infant to his Chicago restaurant on Saturday.

Diners at Alinea were reportedly further put off when the 8-month-old baby started bawling.

The couple reportedly had a baby-sitter cancel at the last minute but decided to go to the restaurant anyway, according to WMAQ-Channel 5 news.

Predictably, the incident struck a nerve with many in the Twittersphere who were opposed to children at the high-end joint.  

One person tweeted that he'd "be livid" if he had gone to a "fine dining experience and "had to sit through a crying baby."

Another noted that "I don't bring my bottle of whiskey" to Chuck E. Cheese's.
By Monday the debate took on a life of its own and the Twitter parody site @AlineaBaby appeared. 

Some readers blamed Alineas ticket-based, no refund reservation system, where diners must pay between $210 and $265 up front for the tasting-menu-only dinner --not including tax, tip or drinks.

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