Sorry to piss on the party, but where we were not there I'm kind of wondering what really happened.
See, the first thing I did was to check out the restaurant:http://laurenzos.net/dinner-menu/prime-rib-au-jus.html
US$42 for a New York steak indicates to me an expensive steakhouse and not a Burger King.
Yes, yes, I know, "But Bart! This little boy was SPECIAL
If I ran into him at a Burger King I'd smile and go along with his cute little antics just fine.
But running into him at a place where the tab is probably going to run $75 per person? Sorry, folks, but when I pay that kind of coin for a fancy dinner I expect to have a little ambience
with the experience.
Not that I'd make a big deal out of a kid who was just making cute little noises...who would? But I suspect that this kid was doing much more than that and it does beg a couple obvious questions:
1. WTF is the family thinking taking the kid to a fancy steakhouse if the kid cannot behave appropriately? Do they also insist on taking the kid shopping in the Fine China department of Neiman-Marcus?
2. Given that the kid is impaired, what purpose was served in treating him to a $75 dinner when he probably would have been happier at Burger King eating a burger for $6 and having the run of the play area? Seriously, I imagine the kid was bored out of his mind at the steakhouse.
3. Out of respect for the rest of the diners would it be out of line for the waiter to have taken the kid's family to a private room so they could have their dinner the way they wanted it and so everyone else would have the experience they were paying for?
Sorry for saying this when I know it's going to offend some people, but it needs to be said and I'll guarantee that some folks will make their dining decisions accordingly and they'll skip Laurenzo's for a fine dining experience when the place has apparently chosen to kiss off their 21 point Zagat rating in favor of becoming a family dinner house. In which case their price point is about 50% higher than it should be.