Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are still new parents — little Silas is only 10 months old — and already they’re learning just how different life has become. After having experienced a restaurant outing with baby Silas, Jessica has been inspired to look for ways to make dinner out with a baby in tow a more positive event.
Jessica Biel is still feeling her way along, but she’s not giving up
Ms. Biel says everything about being a parent is still very new to her, but she’s enjoying the learning process. It’s a gradual process and it takes a great deal of patience, but Biel seems to have the ability to handle any situation Silas throws at her.
“Since he’s so little still and I’m still kind of learning how I do it in a very smooth and like elegant way, it’s terrifying,” Ms. Biel said in describing the dinner date she shared with her son and husband.
Jessica described the entire ordeal as overly stressful. She says, from the moment they’re seated, they feel the stress of trying to make sure Silas isn’t disturbing the other diners. From there, Ms. Biel says it’s just a race to get through the meal, before a real incident is created.
“I’ve had some enjoyable moments, but more than not it’s felt stressful.”
We’ve all been there and many of us have been on both sides of the fence. We know what it’s like to have our own meals disturbed by another’s seemingly unruly child, just as we know what it’s like to try to control our own child in a public setting.
It’s an impossible situation, but Jessica says she’s found a way to make everyone happy.
Jessica Biel wants to create the ideal dining solution
This is a problem everyone faces, so Biel set herself to finding a way to create a more pleasurable dining experience. As a result, Ms. Biel came up with Au Fudge, a family friendly restaurant that creates a comfortable space for everyone from grandparent to infant.
Ms. Biel says her Los Angeles-based restaurant will eliminate stress from the dining environment, but it will also offer safe toys for the children and an all-natural menu.
“We just want you to feel stress free about it,” Jessica said. “And know that they’re playing with things that are safe, that we don’t use chemicals here, that there’s not just a bunch of plastic everywhere and we’ve really tried to think very thoughtfully about your family because it’s our family, too.”
Au Fudge is unique in that it specifically caters to children, as much as to the adults, whereas other “kid friendly” restaurants merely tolerate children, tossing coloring books and crayons at them in the hopes that artistic expression will keep them occupied and quiet.
Biel’s spacious floor plan, which includes a large playroom, is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Although there is a small fee for checking children into the play area, that seems preferable to forcing them to sit around after dinner at the table, listening to adult conversations.
Au Fudge sounds like a unique dining experience, but how much better is it than the alternative? Biel may be onto something with that separate playroom, but unless the walls are soundproof, it seems unlikely Jessica has really solved the root problem.
Jessica Biel is just the kind of person to create her own unique solution to any given problem. When she was pregnant, she donated her time to educating women and teen girls about sex and reproductive issues. Now, as a new mother, Jessica is creating a truly family-friendly dining experience. There’s no telling what Jessica Biel’s next project will be, but it’s sure to be a success.
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