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EDITORIAL: Oh, baby. Crying infant doesn’t belong in upscale eatery

Chef Grant Achatz right supervises preparatione many courses AlineRestaurant kitchen Chicago 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chef Grant Achatz, right, supervises the preparation of one of the many courses in the Alinea Restaurant kitchen in Chicago in 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: January 13, 2014 5:12PM

In the early action Monday afternoon, more than 80 percent of readers who participated in an online Sun-Times poll said a couple had no business taking a baby — a baby who cried, no less — to one of the fanciest and most expensive restaurants in town.

Well, of course.

Cute kids belong on YouTube, not in a three-star restaurant on a Saturday night.

The restaurant was Alinea, where dinner easily runs to $235 per person. The chef was the celebrated Grant Achatz, who was way too nice about the whole baby thing. In a tweet, he posed his concern as a mild-mannered question:

“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 …,”

How we miss Charlie Trotter. Charlie, we bet, would have tossed the couple out on their ear, taking care of course to do the baby no harm. Charlie could be that way.

We subscribe to the view of a reader, B.D., who commented online below the Sun-Times story by Brian Slodysko: “As they used to say, crying children, like good intentions, should be carried out immediately.”

A brilliant rule. Even at a junior high production of “The Music Man.”

We’re all for exposing children to the finer things early on. Gerber’s squash comes to mind.

But what’s a baby know from golden trout roe?

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