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Monday, December 17, 2007

Au Revoir, Saint-Germain

posted by on December 17 at 10:59 AM

The owner of Saint-Germain—he of the glossy ponytail, great pants, and penchant for railing against anything and everything that might be construed as establishment—is moving back to France. No more lovely little Saint-Germain, as of the end of this year! It is a tiny tragedy for our city. Where will one take an already-soused Marxist for a perfect late-night supper?

From Jean-Michel (ellipses all his):

It’s with my heart full of sadness that I have to say goodbye…. St Germain has lived, and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting my little place…. I’ve loved many people in my 16 years in Seattle…. Some of you I will never forget…. Here are my hopes as long as you elect a capable man or woman into the white house…. I just want universal health care, social justice and fights against global warming to be part of the American way of life…. NEVER GIVE AWAY YOUR INTEGRITY….That’s what I got to say….

I am leaving soon… already miss you….


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That guy was like a cartoon. He also tried hitting on my wife when he showed her where the bathroom was. Luckily, she isn't into seedy short guys with greasy ponytails. And the accordion playing? Please, only a baguette sticking out of his ass could have made him more of a stereotype.

Furthermore, I don't remember the details, but a friend that worked there told me he was appropriating tips from the staff or something along those lines.

Posted by meks | December 17, 2007 12:23 PM

Meks, I hear ya, though I can really only go so far as to say that I thought le dude was a tad over-eager. I guess I was hyper living in another country back in time, but I didn't wear a WWII army helmet and play the trombone while on le tromp. I do hope his zest for la bonne vie and egalite and all that translates over to the rioters in north gay-ol-pareee.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | December 17, 2007 12:49 PM

I had nothing but wonderful experiences there. I'll miss it like hell.

Posted by Emily | December 17, 2007 1:16 PM

Fuck, I loved that restaurant. Monsieur Seguin, I hardly knew ye.

Posted by christopher hong | December 17, 2007 1:23 PM


To be fair, flirting seems to be the life blood of French culture.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 17, 2007 4:56 PM

This is a real shame. Seattle is losing a great wine bar (and a fantastic host). I loved the wine and the live music was fantastique. This place was classy and fun. After reading the first two posts, I can see why the owner wants to leave; he's probably fed up American bigotry, too.

Posted by Hal | December 17, 2007 5:33 PM

Bigotry against ponytails is justified, though.

Posted by Fnarf | December 17, 2007 6:20 PM

good fucking riddance!!!!! old, brown salad, no dressing. cheap-ass cheese. canned tuna. disgusting!

Posted by frenchie | December 17, 2007 6:26 PM

My wife had a great time with Jean-Mi. I love the guy and wish him the best!

Posted by husbandofahappywife | December 17, 2007 9:01 PM

More details on the tips... he was taking the credit card fees (transaction charges from visa, amex, etc.) out of wait staff pay.

Posted by meks | December 19, 2007 9:42 AM

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