Remember back a few weeks ago, when our Napa correspondent shed light on "some highly dubious port-o-potty placement" at Bouchon? If you'll recall, several commenters went on record to say that despite the seemingly-questionable, remodel-induced toilet situation at Thomas Keller's bistro (more on the renovations here), the temporary toilets there are nothing short of Keller quality. Exact quote: "the French Laundry of porto-potties!" Now we have word that not everyone thinks "an outhouse" to be an appropriate toilet for a restaurant of Bouchon's caliber, and well, some people are just getting plain pissy with His Highness:
Excerpted from Chowhound:
Dear Thomas Keller,Bouchon is still slated to close temporarily on April 21st. Until then, we encourage Napa readers/visitors to send along photos of the (immaculate?) interior of these infamous toilets.
Please close Bouchon while you undergo renovations in the kitchen ... I am a big fan of yours Mr. Keller, having enjoyed the best meal on my life at Per Se even though it costed me an arm and a leg. I'm a cook, and The French Laundry cookbook is one of my favorites. So I'm sure you could understand that I was excited to eat at Bouchon. I understand closing for a week or so during renovations costs money, but your reputation is at stake. As I went to the bathroom in the temporary outhouse of a men's room next to Bouchon after the meal, I wondered to myself how customers would react if they had to relieve themselves in an outhouse next to The French Laundry down the street.
· Bouchon Slips [Chowhound]
· Keller Dispatch: Portable Toilets and Al Fresco Dining Come Together at Bouchon [~ESF~]
· Bouchon Bathrooms Redux [~ESF~]
· Keller Dispatch: Behind the Bouchon Expansion [~ESF~]
[Photo courtesy: Flickr/niallkennedy]