Jessica Biel Is Very Hands-On With the Food at Her New Restaurant: ‘I Want People Coming Back For That’

03/11/2016 at 02:44 PM ET

Jessica Biel Au Fudge
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When it comes to dining out with her 11-month-old son Silas, Jessica Biel has the same concerns as many parents.

“I have anxiety about it,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in the new issue, on stands now. “I don’t want him to disrupt the neighboring diners. I hope there will be something good for him to eat, I hope the high chair is clean, I hope I brought my thing that goes over the high chair, will he have a meltdown?”

Enter Au Fudge, the chic yet family-friendly eatery that Biel opened this month, along with her partners Kimberly Muller, Estee Stanley, Jonathan Rollo, Joey Gonzalez and Monica Weinberg.

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“I want people to feel like they’ve walked into my living room,” says Biel, 34, of the restaurant and neighboring kids “creative space” complete with books, wooden toys and optional au pairs to mind the children while their parents dine.

And the food, though very appealing to the young set, is by no means kiddie-exclusive. “My favorite thing is our vegan Caesar,” says Biel of the American-influenced menu by chef James King. “And I love our turkey burger! The food element is a big part of it. I want people coming back for that.”

RELATED: Jessica Biel on Her New Restaurant: ‘It’s a Place You Can Take Your Kids or Your Girlfriends’

And, for a bit of a respite in a busy world. Says Biel: “Being a parent is the hardest job in the world. I wanted to create a space that really caters to people in that community, to the people with jobs that never end and that you never get an award for. It’s a space where the hardest working people can come in, lay back for a second and feel like they’re being taken care of.”

—Aili Nahas

For exclusive photos of Jessica Biel and a sneak peek inside Au Fudge, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands now. 

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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