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Michael Lewis Oct 6, 2001 05:50 PM

Pierre Koffman has never opened his restaurant over the weekend. As well as respecting the needs of his staff to be able to follow the social rhythms of normal folk, he makes a distinction between Saturday Nighters and all the rest.

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    mimi taylor Oct 7, 2001 12:09 PM

    Mike, you sound like one big snob. Some people who work and have children, find themselves in the problem of only finding a sitter on Saturdays. I ate at the old Tante Claire and have his book on Gascony. He,s great and it is thoughtful of him to operate that way, but, PLEASE don't lump people that way.

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      rabasse Oct 11, 2001 05:58 AM

      Mimi, my sentiments exactly.

      I eat out a lot on Saturdays because (1) my working hours are relatively unpredictable on weekdays, making reservations difficult (many with whom I work are in NYC, which is 5 hours behind London), and (2) I like the feeling on Saturday nights of being in the middle of the weekend. In addition to La Tante Claire, I think Putney Bridge and Petrus are good places for Saturday night.

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      Emily Cotlier Oct 8, 2001 06:27 PM

      Here in New Zealand the reverse is true, for three reasons:
      1. Tourists. In many restaurants, tourists dominate during the week. Who else is going to order everything on the menu in a favorable-exchange-rate frenzy and order many bottles of wine on a Wednesday night? Tourists keep many of the finer dining options in NZ open and profitable. This never-on-a-Saturday restaurant may also be profiting from out of town diners.
      2. Family life. It is true that many quite respectable diners find it easier to get a sitter on Saturday (not a school night.)
      3. Social convention. Instead of having private parties, because houses/apartments are small, many people have parties in restaurants.

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        Jules Oct 9, 2001 05:09 AM

        Michael - get on with your work, do some community service or get stuck into a good book.

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          Robin Majumdar Oct 9, 2001 02:07 PM

          I thought Saturdays were the new Mondays ?

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            magnolia Oct 10, 2001 06:11 AM

            and Thursdays the new Fridays...

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              Robin Majumdar Oct 10, 2001 09:24 AM

              ...which would actually make Saturdays the new Sundays

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            Yum Yum Oct 9, 2001 10:35 PM

            I think the book Kitchen Confidential covers this same subject and does differentiate between the saturday and midweek trade. The assumption being that the sat. customers are special occasion type diners, whereas the midweek people tend to be more regular. A restaurant can't survive only on the sat. trade, so the midweek cust. is really appreciated, and is likely to be treated very well. This is also due to the fact the restaurant is less likely to be slammed. As one who has worked in professional kitchens, I can tell you you're more likely to have a better experience in the midweek. Good restaurants strive to be consistent and will put out good food and service regardless of the day, but the reality is that you'll get more attention and respect, however subtle, during the week.

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              Phil Laurie Oct 10, 2001 01:23 AM

              You mean he is only interested in expense account suits who have more money than knowledge or sence ?

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                Martyn Oct 10, 2001 08:30 AM

                The Berkeley website suggests that La Tante Claire now opens on a Saturday night?

                Can't really comment on the type of clientele Mr. Koffmann attracts, but the last time I dined at his restaurant was memorable for the definite frisson of illicit amour at the other tables. I hope they enjoyed their stuffed pig's trotters.

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