Any restaurant-goer who ever has to shout over the sound of screaming children—and anyone who has kids—will relate to this: It's so awesome when you can dine far, far away from children. Jessica Biel's new L.A. restaurant Au Fudge, opening tomorrow on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, takes that basic concept as its mission.
At Au Fudge, adults can eat with their kids if they want, then drop them off (for a fee) in the children's play area, called the "treehouse" and overseen by nannies (aka Au Pairs). Kids can run around, do art projects and eat tot-friendly treats like chicken nuggets and, yes, fudge. Mostly they're having too much fun to annoy the hell out of you.
The grown-ups? They can choose from an organic, seasonally driven menu of dishes like vegan Caesar salad with quinoa, or grass-fed burgers with truffled fries, and they can enjoy some very non-kid-friendly cocktails. If the idea takes off, chances are it will appeal not just to adults with kids, but to everyone who craves healthful food in a vibrant, neighborhoody space. Beil co-owns the restaurant with celebrity stylist Estee Stanley, and has reportedly made a point of targeting neighborhood families, not just the celebrity set (despite rumors that Au Fudge is basically a Soho House for A-list kids). Eater L.A.'s review has some promising-looking photos of the space.
The only question is: Why don't we have a restaurant like this (actually, 10) in every city?
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