Thursday, November 7, 2013

French Restaurants Where Your Looks Decide Your Seat

I kind of like this. The Telegraph reports:
Two trendy Parisian restaurants have been accused of seating guests according to how good-looking they are to raise the tone of the establishments.Former hostesses have claimed that Thierry and Gilbert Costes — brothers whose group owns hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes in the French capital — have introduced a highly discriminatory selection procedure for guests of Le Georges, in the Pompidou Centre, and Café Marly, overlooking the Louvre.
“The good-looking ones are led to the good places, where they can be easily seen,” they told Le Canard Enchaîné, an investigative and satirical weekly. “As for the non good-looking ones, it is imperative that they be dispatched to the corners of the room.”
Failure to obey the rules was said to result in reprimands such as: “What are these ugly mugs doing at this table? Everyone can see them when they come in. It’s very bad for our image.”
The hostesses themselves were picked according to equally exacting criteria: anyone short "without a model's physique and over 30 need not apply". One was told off for "not showing my breasts enough".
They said that periodically one of the bosses, Gilbert, would come in person to “harp on about the house principles of which he is very proud, as he invented them, saying: ‘There are good looking people, you put them here; there are bad looking people, you put them there! Really, it’s not that complicated.'”

Viva la discrimination. Viva la beauty.


  1. I always assumed this happens any time I go to a fancy place.

  2. Is it really discriminating? If a poor guy goes but good good looking goes in there and seated in a nice place, at least the restaurant isn't discriminating against income.

  3. This is going to be the next progressive crusade. No discrimination based on looks! It's already infected the airline industry.

  4. Meh, I find this disgusting, although many more high end restaurants (and some not so high end) do it.

    Christian tradition (and in my view natural law) would more or less say (1) physical beauty does have some level of objective standards, and is to be loved and appreciated (so Wenzel is 100% right here), but (2) mankind's ultimate destination requires deeper appreciation for character and behavior.

    By way of example only, Rothbard was not a model. But suppose Rothbard walks into this high-end restaurant. He should sit at the first table (if I were running this restaurant anyway).

    You may retort "but the customers only want good looking models up front." Sure, but that isn't relevant. I won't celebrate practices that indulge occasions of sin.

  5. It isn't always easy being incredibly handsome but ......I do like dining out with only the pretty people.
    Nothing spoils the appetite more than a typical whining Progressive or the butt cracks of LBJ's grandchillun.

  6. “What are these ugly mugs doing at this table? Everyone can see them when they come in. It’s very bad for our image.”

    Perhaps these jerks could learn something from the Pope on how to treat "the non good-looking ones"...

  7. Ya! And no more good-lookin' actors and actresses spoiling up movies and tv with their ridiculous symmetrical features!

    1. You are of course referring to folks like:

      Arnold Schwarzenegger or Steve Buscemi or Rhea Perlman or Danny DeVito or Christopher Walken or Richard Kiel or Danny Trejo or Quentin Tarantino or Tim Allen or Joan Rivers or Jerry Stiller or Chris Elliott or Ernest Borgnine or ................................

  8. I've seen something similar while traveling. In Indonesia they wanted the non-asians to sit out on the patio where other tourists could see them. It was so it would seem like a good place to eat for the other tourists.