Bin Laden's Death Leads to a Rush on Reservations at Dallas' Abacus and Other Restaurants

Categories: Food News
osama_binladen_1238702c.jpg
The Osama Bin Burger: coming to a restaurant near you?
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 pedestrian.

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 the issue.

"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 raging on SideDish, where 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.

"If people 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.


Location Info

Abacus

4511 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
Jim2theBob
Jim2theBob

Yup, I went out Monday night and celebrated with a good steak dinner at Del Frisco's. I spent an ugly Tuesday about a decade ago watching live the smoke rise from the Pentagon, so I enjoyed celebrating that UBL would no longer be able to do harm to others or lead others to do so. It was less celebrating a death, but more celebrating justice and lives saved.

CR
CR

Using Osam bin Laden's death to promote fine dining. That's a first.

Kergo Force 1
Kergo Force 1

Yup, exactly my sentiments......like allying Hitler and water polo; well heck, both parties had arms! AND had access to some manner of water. It's such a stretch to associate fine dining reservations and OBL, that it's comes across as very contrived, and barks of amateurism.

hfhhfggf
hfhhfggf

Rance, Piss and moan? Or be like you, and have em "stick it to me" -and then like it?See, you are what is wrong with this country now..........ugly is sitting on dat ass and doing nothing. Besides, patriots aren't ugly, they are fearless! B$tch.

AND, dumbass, it's a saying, a mantra,not a reality. Holy crap. Is this the 10 year old down the block?

Boys, let's "git er" back (dear dumshits, this is a metaphor).

Kergie Out!

Rance N. Wraves
Rance N. Wraves

how about some B L T s (bin laden testicles) you try 'em 1st,i insist

ioiippp
ioiippp

Or you could try your boyfriends....I insist.

kergo nation rally
kergo nation rally

This article is wee bit, no, alot bit pedestrian......what a frickin' stretch! Good try? No! Bad try. I read this article, and then prayed for your journalism/blogging soul. You are awarded no points, and since you tried to rile the "yuppies" and "tollway douchers" with this banal crap; I suggest cleaning the trash in west Dallas as punishment. This is the worst statement you've made since "eating the S out of fois gras". Being a food nazi makes you a food nazi, not smart.

The first thing I think about when a MAJOR event happens in my life is some "trendy" dump? Really?

I don't think about:

-how it relates to my family?-where it puts this nation in history?-does it protect our freedoms?

REALLY? REEEEALLLY? We are "that/this" disillusioned as a nation? We don't worry about how this thing is working, we are worried about some fat chef telling us how this major event impacts us? You are wrong.....LET'S TAKE THIS COUnTRY BACK FOLKS!

Rance N. Wraves
Rance N. Wraves

what would you do if you"took the country back?",give it to the indians?this country is beautiful.....the inhabitants simply ugly it up ,breed more ugly,and then piss and moan.

scooby
scooby

stephan pyles sucks big wang. i might as well go eat tace bell

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...