What do Dallas restaurant-goers do when news spreads that U.S.
military forces have killed Osama bin Laden, the man behind the most heinous
attack on American soil? They don't embark on drinking binges. That's too
No, they make plans to gorge themselves on fine-dining fare, giving in to far more expensive excesses.
One of the restaurants experiencing a surge in
reservation requests is Abacus. Chef-owner Kent Rathbun tells City of Ate that
the restaurant's management has been trying to find the best way to approach
"I have had several people tell me they were coming in specifically to celebrate bin Laden's killing and capture," Rathbun says. "It has spurred a lot of discussion in-house. Some have suggested creating special dishes or a special menu for the evening. It's all a little morbid."
A similar debate is
the food blog's commenters, disgusted with and approving of this trend,
have been so vocal that Nancy Nichols had to step in.
This fever hasn't taken
hold of all of Dallas' upscale
restaurants. Stephan Pyles hasn't noticed an increase in reservations, the hostess
there said. And in the end, Rathbun decided that
no new items would be available to honor the death of bin Laden.
want to celebrate," he said, "I'll help them celebrate. But I'm not going to
capitalize on it any further."
But plenty of other restaurants around the country have been unable to resist.