And then they came for the bourgeois.
Patois, the fine dining restaurant in Uptown New Orleans got taken down last night. A trio of bandits strolled into the dining room at 11pm, walking through the front door that the staff had propped open to enjoy a rare, pleasant August evening.
The attendant diners, 15-20 of them, were relaxing and perhaps enjoying chef Lisa Gustafson- Alessandro’ handmade “Snickers” ($11) over their French Press coffees.
Paying no heed to the guests digestifs, the robbers ordered everyone, including employees, to the floor and relieved them of their possessions.
The contents of the money till were also taken.
With the popularity of credit cards we doubt that the money drawer held a king’s ransom.
But diners at Patois tend to be well-heeled as the tariff for a supper for two is quite dear.
We can’t help but wonder how much more lucrative a take-down of a Chili’s or TGI Fridays would’ve been. Working class folks pay with cash at a higher rate than the upper crust.
At the time of the robbery there was a big cluster of police cars five miles east at Calliope and Annunciation. The dedicated team of officers had set up a roadblock to make sure people had the proper license plates and what have you.
New Orleans has shown time and again that prioritization of city resources is not the government’s specialty.
We expect the robbers’ success will lead to more such takedowns.
Meanwhile the mayor and council continue to dither over statues of old, dead Confederates and whether people should be allowed to rent out their spare bedrooms to tourists.