Petworth’s upscale Chez Billy to add kids’ menu, changing tables

Petworth’s Chez Billy is trying to challenge the assumption that upscale French food isn’t a family affair. On Tuesday evening, the restaurant tweeted that it would soon add a kids’ menu and baby-changing station to its offerings -- in addition to foie gras, blood sausage terrine and a series of $12 cocktails.

Locals seemed happy with the plan; Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser was among a handful of people to share the news, and a few parents tweeted their thanks. Wrote one father (ironically, we hope?):

Chez Billy has been in Petworth about a year, since April 2012 -- and while the number of families in the area may not have changed significantly since they opened, the number of families that can afford Chez Billy has. Accordingly, it’s not the only local restaurant to make some concessions to the area’s changing demographics. D.C. Reynolds, four blocks away down Petworth, may be best known for its buy-one-get-one-free happy hour -- but advertises as “good for kids” on Facebook. And yesterday, Meridian Pint offered free kids’ meals to celebrate the bar’s third anniversary.

Of course, it’s a bit easier to imagine a kids’ menu at a restaurant whose adult fare includes burgers and fries. At Chez Billy, things could get interesting -- what’s the pint-sized version of roasted sea scallops in vermouth cream?

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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