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Restaurant Scene Changes

By Readers · May 30th, 2007 · Letters

In the "for what it's worth" department, I read Anne Mitchell's article from a few years ago about the loss of The Maisonette and agree with much of what she wrote (issue of Sept. 7, 2005). I was planning a trip to Cincinnati soon and wanted to make reservations at the restaurant, not knowing it closed, and I was doing some research online when I came across Mitchell's article.

I guess I'm like so many others believing this restaurant was for special events only.

I dined at The Maisonette once, back in 1986, and the memory remains etched in my mind.

It was a beautiful yet stuffy restaurant. I'm amazed my guests and I were able to make reservations for dinner the day we arrived in town. It's funny, I don't recall what I ordered, but I do remember grabbing the wine bottle and pouring for my guests. When our waiter noticed me doing this, he quickly moved from the other side of the restaurant, took the bottle from my hand, finished pouring the wine and said, "This is my job. You are here to enjoy your meal."

I was very impressed, and we later conversed with him as he reminisced about his 30 years of waiting tables at the restaurant.

Yet the days of jacket-and-tie restaurants seem to be dimming. The last time I dined at a restaurant like that was at Commander's Palace in New Orleans years before the city flooded. I wonder if they still adhere to that requirement.

And the three-martini lunch, well, it's a miracle if I'm still standing after two.

Even though The Maisonette's menu changed daily, it sounds like it really wasn't keeping pace with its clientele. I'm sorry it's gone, but it gives me an opportunity to try another restaurant in Cincinnati that otherwise I never would have considered.

-- David L. Bennett


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