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News Fri Jun 24 2011
The Reader's Best of Chicago issue this week included a "Best [restaurant] for kids" honor, which went to Lakeview's Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar; runners-up were Wishbone, Ed Debevic's and Rainforest Cafe, but an honorable mention went to kids "[being] locked in a cold, dark, soundproof room," a groanworthy suggestion that is generating a lot of heat in the comments section, particularly from parents. "The Reader is not for me," one commenter wrote, "when the editors of a otherwise reasonable publication fantasize about the abuse and murder of his child." Oy. One upset parent who contacted GB wants the paper to apologize. Double Oy.
Back in 2005, Dan McCauley, the owner of the Andersonville bakery A Taste of Heaven came under scrutiny for a posted sign that read "children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices" in his cafe. A boycott from neighborhood parents and load of publicity followed. The hubbub quieted down, but the sign is still there, and the restaurant survived the criticism. Digs aside, are we still living in a city that finds kids in restaurants annoying?