Tweet sparks debate about kids in fine dining restaurants

Tweet sparks debate about kids in fine dining restaurants »Play Video

The chef at one of America's nicest restaurants ignited a debate on social media about an issue many parents deal with. He wasn't happy about a crying toddler.

People pay up to $250 just to get on a waiting list at Chicago's alinea.

A couple brought their 8-month-old with them because their sitter canceled at the last minute. The child didn't stop crying, and the chef said he could hear the screams in the kitchen.

The chef didn't ask the family to leave. On Twitter he said he didn't want to say "no" to them, but he wanted other customers to enjoy their experience too. But many people have tweeted him back saying customers at upscale restaurants have paid for some peace and quiet.

We wanted to know if Portland's highest-rated fine dining establishments follow any sort of guideline when it comes to allowing kids or asking families to go.

Turns out, it's every owner for him or herself when it comes to kids in nice restaurants.

The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association tells KATU it has no guideline for accepting kids, or for when you can ask a family to leave. It also doesn't know of any restaurants that don't allow kids. As long as you're not discriminating when you ask someone to leave, you should be OK. But the association suggests, you might want to have a lawyer. And if you take your decision to twitter, prepare for controversy.