Jessica Biel wants to eliminate the stress that comes with dining out for new parents — a feeling she’s all too familiar with.
“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,” said the new mom, who shares Silas with husband Justin Timberlake.
She continued, “You get to a place, you want to make sure the diners around you are not being bothered, you’re full of anxiety, you’re trying to go as fast as you can — you don’t enjoy it at all.”
That’s why when it came to her own eatery, Biel said she wanted to “erase” those feelings from “a mom, a dad, a family, a nanny, grandparents bringing their grandkids here.”
The West Hollywood restaurant, which opens Thursday, has a dedicated space for its youngest diners and on-site au pairs.
“We just want you to feel stress-free about it 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,” Biel said.
Biel previously told PEOPLE that she wanted “to have a place where I want to bring my kids, or I want to bring my girlfriends.”
She shared a similar sentiment with Extra‘s Terri Seymour, saying, “I think it really was my friends who had kids they couldn’t go anywhere that they loved. It was either the kids were happy or they were happy and I couldn’t really join them anywhere because they were at a ball pit or they were at a place that the food options were pizza or fries and that was sort of it, so that’s where the idea came from.”
“We all started talking about it and it was clear, this was what was missing,” Biel explained.
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Her own experiences with Silas — who she said is “doing great” — have also colored the sort of foods she included on the Au Fudge menu.
The actress told PEOPLE last fall, “I have some good ideas about the foods that I want to put in my body and my family’s body. The menu is not just kiddie food!”
— Lindsay Kimble