I would like to submit this post, with all due respect, to the more "sophisticated," newly adopted citizens of New Orleans. As a native, whose parents are both natives, and whose great grandparents immigrated to New Orleans from Prussia (now France) in 1881, I welcome fresh ideas and new faces. However, because I will not be insulted by anyone, I feel the need to post a rebuttal to the comments posted by t70119, Lakshmi Sun Bonet, and tsANicePlaceToVisit.
First and foremost, if you don't like eating "steaming piles of disgusting fried 'local fare,'" you can be creative by removing your head from recesses of your nether region, or leave the Bywater, and you'll find there are grocery stores that sell healthy food. You don't have to eat unhealthy food to live in New Orleans, but you should really maintain a level of decorum and not insult those who enjoy fare indigenous to my culture. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the cuisine of my beautiful city, our local chefs are world-reknowned for their delicious creations; food that is created for people to eat, to sustain life and to enjoy with friends and family.
Secondly, it's food. In a city where cuisine is tantamount to it's culture, and where there are thousands of other establishments that do exactly what you do (that being to serve food), a new restaurant should be doing everything they can to establish a positive rapport with the locals. However, in this thread, I have noticed the representatives of Booty's (being the owners or employees) are doing the exact opposite. To call the residents of New Orleans "mouth breathing locals' just because they say they don't like because they've seen hundreds of businesses JUST LIKE YOURS go out of business within a year for whatever reason is deplorable. You should be trying to prove to people your worthiness by introducing your creations in positive manner. Most of us Native New Orleanians are enthusiastic foodies who look forward to trying new things. If you insult them, they don't recommend your restaurant to their out-of-town family and friends, and the word travels that your place is awful. It's a basic fact of business marketing: word of mouth is your best form of advertisement. And you're failing miserably promoting a positive face for your new restaurant.
Finally, I want to reiterate the last point by saying IT'S FOOD!!! I consider myself an intellect above using cliches, but because some of the people have voluntarily nominated themselves as the cliche'd "organic food eating, 1980's thrift store reject clothes wearing, patchouli stinking, horn rimmed glasses wearing, living with 10 of their trust fund baby friends in a two bedroom house, hailing from Bumphuktown Kansas hipster PHONIES," I'll go ahead and refer to this: you aren't recreating the wheel; you're cooking food.
At the end of the day, if you're going to move to a city as beautiful and historically relevant as New Orleans, you should respect and revel in the culture that makes it New Orleans and not the middle of nowhere middle American town you came from. If you came here to change us, go home. We don't want you here.
I also want to add that I'll be sharing this feed on my facebook page. I think my local friends would enjoy the good laugh this discourse has provided for me. It will also serve as a method of making sure no one I know will ever patronize this establishment.
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