Thursday, August 24, 2006

West of Paris

I don’t know the owner of West of Paris, so this is not an allegation, but a caution.

Although certain items are not available on the menu of a restaurant does not mean they are not available at the restaurant. For years, for example, it was against the law (and may still be) to serve wild game/horsemeat/cat meat/etc at restaurants. Although such items were not on the menu, they were available, sometimes to select customers, sometimes to all, at certain restaurants.

Perhaps it is just the Daily News — but I have a high regard for Alexis Bacharach’s reporting accuracy — but there seem to be a some inconsistencies in the West of Paris owner’s statements in the news article which did not inspire confidence in me in his value for the truth.

West of Paris faces major challenges to succeed:

First, the owner’s visible, vocal, strong membership and association with a sexist, homophobic, racist, anti-secular, crackpot religious cult whose cultmaster and some members are certainly not known for their honesty but for eating out of the public trough without paying their share means that some proportion of the local population will not choose to eat at West of Paris — these abstainers understandably do not wish any of their money to go to support the doctrines, activities, and flimflam of the cult.

Second, the foie gras controversy, the reaction of the owner to such, and the reactions/comments of some cult members about such have alienated other potential customers.

Third, high-priced meals, even if they might be of high quality, further restrict the potential customer base.

Hence, if West of Paris makes foie gras available to select customers even though it is no longer on the menu, I would expect that such potential dishonesty (if it happens, and becomes public) will reduce the potential customer base even further.

How many potential customers can a business consider throwaways and still succeed in the very competitive local restaurant business?

Art Deco