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bulletLa timesFrom: John W. Smart []
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 12:23 AM
Subject: La times
Just read the article in the Los Angeles time about Gilberto. GET THE MAN HIS JOB BACK!!!!!

John Smart
bulletFrom: Lew Thoman []
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 2:59 PM
Subject: indefensible outrage

THIS IS IN-EXCUSABLE..........I will never come in and eat there again....You KNOW these charges are un-founded and trumped up by dis-gruntled and jealous nazi-feminists.........Louise in Mobile,Ala
bulletFrom: Dana Taulli []
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 8:51 AM

I read the article and read the letters on your website. However, what was
not clear was exactly why he was fired. Being in the restaurant and bar
business in all aspect from bartender, to waiter, to manager, I find myself
curious to what exactly happened for a 23 year veteran to be dismissed on
one allegation alone. The restaurant/bar business is a different animal of
its own and the "sexual harassment" lines are very loosely drawn. What
most people in other professions would have been fired and sued over are
almost a day-to-day activity if you work in this industry. I know that
most people in this industry also are very tolerant of sexual misconduct
between other employees and customers and even joke right back. However,
there are those people who do not find such misconduct funny and do find it
harassing. I feel for Gilberto and see that he had a very large fan
base. However, if he is as popular and good in his profession as your
letters suggest that he is, then he will have no problem finding another
position. However, there are some letters that are posted that almost
turned my stomach. In particular, the letter from Mickey Easterling. My
comment would be if this spoiled, overgrown child thinks that his/her
knowledge of the restaurant industry is so all-encompassing, then go out
and start your own restaurant. People like that are the ones who gets
unexpected gifts in their food. And believe me, that does happen. Good
luck to Gilberto and I am sure that with such loyalty, he will do fine at
any other restaurant.

Dana Taulli
New Client Service Manager


bulletFrom: Nancy Schwaninger []
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 2:40 AM
Subject: Swiss fans!

Dear Gilberto, As a LSUMC Professor I lived in New Orleans from 1974-85 and frequently visited Galatoires. I always enjoyed bringing guests there. In 1985 I moved back to Lucerne, Switzerland but returned to New Orleans every summer to teach the Orthodontic graduate students. A visit to Galatoires every July was a pleasure and I have always asked for Gilberto to serve us. This July my wife and I were in N.O's but we skipped our annual visit to Galatoires, partially because we would have missed Gilberto and also due to our experience the summer before. At that time we felt that the manner & style of the restaurant which we so enjoyed in the 70's & 80's had lost it's "flavor"!
Gilberto, we love you and wish you the very best for your future!
Dr. and Mrs. Bernhard Schwaninger
Lucerne, Switzerland

P.S.Let us know where you are working!!
bulletFrom: []
Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2002 8:26 PM
Subject: Bravo! Bravo!

I feel with Gilberto for many reasons, one being that I have waited on tables for over 37 years, second I too know the feeling of losing a job I had counted on for much too long.

In general, we waiters get the boot when we get old and slow, and no one cares too much. Customers may ask for some time to come “Where is he?”

Yet like a pebble in a water-bucket the waves go soon.

Therefore I think it’s an excellent cause giving Gilberto’s firing the media attention it needs.

These days when even High-Rolling-Accountants have to fess up to their methods of keeping books, why shouldn’t we ask restaurant owners what formula they use to play God.

Taking his job away after so many years should be for a good reason, why did they keep Gilberto so many years in the first place?

They actually should pay him royally for the excellent advertising Gilberto and friends have been doing for those restaurant owners.

To show my support I have added your WE LOVE GILBERTO site to my Hottest Sites at to let my readers know about your story.

Have a most beautiful day now.

helmut schonwalder

The Waiter’s Digest

bulletFrom: Paul Griffin []
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 2:47 PM
Subject: fired waiter

Seattle is a union town. And if an employee is accused of something the labor agreement requires the management to do a complete and through investigation. Then if there was wrong-doing the discipline must be consistent with "progressive" discipline. So called harassment between peer employees is not grounds for termination until it is 1)repeated and unwanted 2) the recipient notifies the perpetrator to stop 3) the incident is documented 4) there are creditable witness of record. So perhaps the restaurant management is incompetitent. Perhaps the employees need union representation. Perhaps some people just need to take a deep breath and get over it.
bulletFiestaFrom: Betty Fry []
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 12:43 PM
Subject: Msg from PA

Hi Gilberto,
My new husband and I were returning from our Honeymoon and read your USA Today article. We have never been to New Orleans let alone the restaurant you were famous in, but felt that we had to write to show our support. My husband was surprised that I was so adamant in support of you because of the alleged harassment charges, but I say history speaks for itself .

It must be said (and I haven't heard this anywhere else) that you MUST open your own restaurant now. You are so famous and have worked in the business so long that it would have to be a success. I am a teacher and my husband is in sales, but we both worked in and ran restaurants so we're there with you.

Keep the Faith,
Mike and Betty Fry
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 12:08 PM
Subject: Gilberto

I don't know Gilberto and and am not familiar with Galatorie's but would
suggest the following to the letter writers who are critical of the uproar
when the world around us is "falling apart" (USA Today): Precisely because
the world is "falling apart" people like Gilberto and the old, familiar
Galatorie's are doubly important; At a time when the political prostitutes
that run state and federal governments continue to approve larger and larger
and more and more mergers eradicating local banks, local phone companies, and
smaller family run businesses, Gilberto and Galatorie's provide comfort not
found elsewhere; When mindless bureaucrats and layer of layer of voice mail
deprive us of the human contact usually necessary to conduct business in a
satisfactory, time-efficient manner, Gilberto and Galatorie's can sooth our
souls. Don't let computers, and voice mail and robotic business practices
take that away from us!!!
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:22 PM
Subject: FIRING......

bulletFrom: jeffrey johnson []
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:31 PM
Subject: "Thanks for the memories"

Gilberto has attended all my major milestone birthdays, of late, not because we chose to invite him but because we chose him to host them and he did in a style that
can best be appreciated by local and loyal benefactors of his hospitality. While I no longer can be considered a local, I reside in Alabama, I too feel the loss of a special New Orleans tradition. Does it rank with headline disasters such as 9/11 . NO. But
in life there is still a need for continuity, for celebration, for tradition. To see a restaurant, which has thrived for so long distinctly different from the other restaurants, in the City known for great food and celebration, make such radical changes does not
make much sense. Nor more sense than opening a red lobster in Maine or pushing instant coffee in Seattle, or Cheese wizz in Wisconsin.  I understand business, economics and political correctness and I do not think anyone should be exempt
from the law or rules,( remember Bill) however, my five year old (who visited this ONCE highly regarded establishment as an infant) can make better decisions than the current management. To make the changes they have made and overreacted to a manageable incident is short sighted and cowardly. It was the easy/safe thing to do. Was termination justified? Was Gilbert's position more accountable than that of the first office, sorry Bill, but NOT. Bringing Gilbert back would be cause for celebration but many supporters will still question the issues of the expansion, dress code, reservations and eggplant skin. Like much of corporate America, Galatoires, in a rush for profits, will discard their uniqueness which will in the long run hit the bottom line. I wouldn't want to be their accountant. The write off for goodwill for such a situation was never conceived when estabishing the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. No doubt , this in time will be a case study for MBAs and local historians alike.

On the eve of my wife's birthday, I am left with the distinctive memories of times gone by an echo of

"Ladies & Gentleman we have a Birthday to CELEBRATE tonight,a Onea, a twoa and a threea, Happy Birthday

Gilberto, Galatoire's, if you see this posting, please take the above as an appreciation for times past and not "another judgement" ;but as critical thinking
which may be beneficial to all of us. a Win-win- win situation.

Thanks for the good times !
bulletFrom: Michele Wynn Gerhard []
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002 1:00 PM
Subject: Long live New Orleans tradition!

Good afternoon!

Learning of the imminent "Galatoire's Monologues" finally prompted me into action. Love it! If that is not New Orleans for you, I simply do not know what is.

In support of the cause, I have put together a short piece about the Gilberto saga. It is now floating about in cyberspace for all to see:

Hope you enjoy it, and that it meets with your approval. Please feel free to let me know if there is anything else I can do. And please let me know the latest. Just exactly where IS Gilbert? And what is the latest Galatoire's stance?

Best regards,
Michele Gerhard
La Belle Cuisine
bulletSent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 1:10 PM
Subject: (no subject)

Dear Gilbert,

I am so sorry this unpleasant mess for you has taking place at ''Galatoire's''. I too am a creature of habit and hate to go through any change. Perhaps you may be happier in the long run. I hope and pray it would be so for you and will be to your advantage, things happen in a stranger ways. There's is no doubt your dismissal has caused a lot of grief to many people. You are such a marvelous waiter. You made Galatoire's for Paul and me for the ten years we've lived in New Orleans. You always knew what we wanted and suggested such satisfying dishes. I've received a letter from Mr. Gooch representing the Board of Directors Galatoire's stating they had reconsidered the incident and due to some ''code'' couldn't change their decision-which they regretted very much.
So I never understand what happened but I'm sure you conducted yourself properly in any case. ''Gilbert'', please keep in touch! I've have always considered you a true friend and, I never want to lose track of my true friends. I wish the very best for you and your family. I miss New Orleans and my friends there so very much.

Fondlly Always,
11,July 2002
bulletSent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 12:45 PM
Subject: (no subject)
July 13,2002

May we identify ourselves as the two ''senior citizens'' would arrive at 5:00 and head toward the table you told us was the favorite of Tennessee Williams! One of us is the martini kid and the other drinks Jackson Chardonnay-we will bring along tow attracted ladies as our guests. You made us all feel so special, as we think you are too! We are disturbed about you and can only hope our paths can cross us somewhere down the line!

god bless! Sincerely,
Senior citizens


bulletSubject: Galatoires, the Guatamalian(sic) Fruit Wars, and Huey P. Long

A July 20th email posted on Tom Fitzmorris dinning forum:

AP is on the case . . . Now in the newsrooms of the world, personalities are emerging. It's just
possible that the regulars are headed for world fame, as is Mr. Rodrigue. The Gilberto website is now updated with the AP article by Doug Simpson which quotes Mr. Stinson as follows:

``The mise en scene is as good as it gets in New Orleans,'' said John Stinson, an antiques dealer who takes clients to Galatoire's several times a year. ``The drinks are stiff, you're never hurried. The best dinners I've ever had in my life I had at Galatoire's.''

And quotes Mr. Holditch:
``Something drastic is afoot, a renovation not only of the physical features of the classic old Creole eatery, but a renovation of its very soul,'' W. Kenneth Holditch, a retired University of New Orleans literature professor, said in a letter of protest.

All the misfits of the world will flock to New Orleans to be part of the scene at Galatoire's. Armies will be employed to keep the rich and famous out of the restaurant. Stinson and Holditch will hire their own armies to get in the door. The days of the Guatamalian Fruit Wars are coming back in the ghost of Zemurray. And, Huey P. is smiling once again. We are famous, folks.



Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 4:38 PM
Subject: Celebrities Love Gilberto

It is simply unthinkable to even consider Galatoire's without Gilberto. He
was the entertainment industry's key to New Orleans dining. The last time I
was there I took Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Stephanie Zimbalist and
Elizabeth Ashley to Galatoire's and Gilberto welcomed us with open arms even
though we were unexpected and did not want to stand in line. Stars remember
that kind of special treatment. I do not know the facts, so I don't want to
barbecue Galatoire's management for stupidity, but this is very much part of
the problem. There's a serious communications gap here and if Galatoire's
expects to maintain its reputation (which Gilberto has always been a major
part of) then the restaurant needs to lay its cards on the table. Customer
confidence needs to be restored as soon as possible. Unless Gilberto is
missing, retired or dead, his status at Galatoire's must be verified at once.
REX REED, film critic, New York Observer
bulletFrom: Charles Quantrell []
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:58 AM
Subject: Rodrigue the Manager

Dear Darlings,
The Galatoire's Board has proven itself far too imaginatively slippery to
replace the smirking Mr. Rodrigue with Richard Simmons, as suggested on the
We Love Gilberto home page. The Board's commitment to the obsolescence of a
century's worth of restaurant tradition behooves that a televangilst be
hired to replace Manager Rodrigue after he takes on his new job as a model
with the Ex-Congressman James Trafficant Hair (which the strangely haired
Harry Rosenberg owns shares in) and Haute Fashion Club. Until Rodrigue's
hair went bad and he began wearing a maroon suit, he had the distinct look
and feel and shoulder-to-shoulder snigger while speaking in tongues about
the Gilberto Case of the televangist Reverend Robert Tilton. Most of the
Sexual Harrassmentists would not be able to tell the difference between the
old Rodrigue and Tilton; yet Tilton's hire would greatly lower the standing
of Galatoire's in the minds of the Uptown and sweet smelling Quarter set,
the Galatoire's plan all long. ---Charles Quantrell


bulletFrom: robert bray []
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:43 AM
Subject: Gilberto

Gilberto has been my waiter for ten years, and whenever I come to New Orleans I have always contacted him ahead of time to make sure he will be there. Being at Galatoire's without Gilbert at the table will be like being on a jetliner without a pilot in the cockpit.

Robert Bray
Murfreesboro Tn


bulletFrom: Pete []
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 3:59 PM
Subject: how stupid.....

Management, is just not thinking unfortunate.....

Bring back Gilberto!!



bulletFrom: Shari Curry []
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 2:30 PM
Subject: Help For Gilberto

Hi. I just posted a message on the Inside New Orleans website and I
thought you might be interested in taking a look.


<<Everyone seems to be talking about Gilberto being fired and trying
to get his job back. If he has been out of work for almost 3 months
he must be in a dire financial situation by now and I was wondering
if there is any sort of fund set up where people can donate a few
bucks in order to help him and his family through this difficult
time? I have looked over the website and I don't
see anything about it there. If there isn't one, would anybody be
interested in helping me start one up? >>
bulletFrom: Chris Rose []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:43 PM
Subject: a reading of the letters

Chris Rose here from Times-Picayune...Le Chat Noir would like to stage a reading of excerpts of some of the letters to Galatoire's on Monday night, July 29, free and open to the public, with various actors and celebrities performing the readings.

It's a just a reason to get a bunch of people together and have a laugh. What would be the official position of on this matter.



Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 9:02 PM
Subject: Increible!
Dear Sirs:
I am absolutely flabbergasted at the news that Gilbert was fired from Galatoire's. Gilbert was not just a waiter he was a dear, dear friend. Any trip home to New Orleans was anticipated not just because I'd be seeing family and friends, but because I would have to choose my dining excursions carefully. In the past, they automatically included Galatoire's. I may no longer keep it as high on the priority list without Gilbert there.
I understand completely the sexual harassment laws. I also know in my soul that Gilbert did not sexually harass anyone. I will sorely miss Gilbert at Galatoire's, but hopefully he will remain a part of my close circle of friends in New Orleans.
I'm especially glad that my father was not alive to see this one. He is, no doubt, turning over in his grave.

Sally Newsham Inglis


Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 8:35 PM
Subject: (no subject)

My husband and I have enjoyed Gilbert's fine attentions as our waiter for several years. We were quite shocked when we took our children there for Mother's Day celebration the Sat. evening before to find that he was gone. Gilbert was always thoughtful enough to ask about the children each time we dined and we were excited to finally introduce them. I just want to let him know that we miss him and hope he is okay. I also hope we'll see him back at Galatoire's soon.
Lisa and Joseph Ward

bulletFrom: Marcel Valois []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: We Love Gilberto

We love him too.

Marcel L. Valois
927 W. 14th Ave.
Covington, LA. 70433-2413


bulletIf he is out so should sheFrom: Cox, Kelly []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:49 PM
To: ''
Cc: 'Mary Turner - Complete Post'; 'Kerry Hamilton'; 'Liz Thompson'
Subject: If he is out so should she


People that accuse are just as guilty as those charged! This is a free country and the accuser's are to be questioned!

Albeit, I have never met this waiter - however, I have enjoyed many a meal at this restaurant! As a matter of fact this was the first place I ate the first time I visited New Orleans. So given this example - both should go to a counselor and work through their communication issues and go forward. In today's economy and work environment it important to keep people that are assets to an organization properly trained and educated with respect to the rules and regulations regarding these sensitive issues.


Fair and respectful of all!


bulletFrom: Livaudais Jr, Alfred []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:25 PM
Subject: Letter to Board

I am a native New Orleanian who spent many years away from the city as a career Army
officer. After retirement, my family and I settled in Alabama. Nonetheless, I made many
trips home- I still do - and on each trip make a special effort to dine at Galatoire's.
Needless to say, I was quite disappointed to learn of Gilbert's firing last April. I
sent the attached letter to the Board of Directors and wanted to share the letter with
you. I certainly do not know of the circumstances surrounding Gilbert's dismissal, but
do know that his departure will change the "flavor" of Galatoire's for some time to come.

Alfred F. Livaudais, Jr.
LTC, U.S. Army (ret)


Attorneys at Law
510 N. Daleville Avenue • P.O. Drawer 70
Daleville, AL 36322

EVERETT M. URECH * Telephone (334) 598-4455
ALFRED F. LIVAUDAIS, JR.** Fax (334) 598-2076
*Also Admitted in Texas
**Also Admitted in Louisiana

July 16, 2002

Board of Directors
Galatoire's Restaurant, Inc.
209 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Re: Gilberto Eyzaguirre

Dear Board Members:

I am a native New Orleanian who, after military service, now resides in Alabama. I
recently read a July 7, 2002 Times-Picayune article concerning the restaurant's firing of the
person who I would assert was the best member of the wait staff. The purpose of this letter is to
join the many Galatoire's faithful who have already voiced dismay over Gilbert's termination and
to urge the members of the Board to reconsider its decision.

I returned to New Orleans many times throughout the years of my military service and, on
each trip, made a special effort to dine at Galatoire's. It goes without saying that Gilbert was
fixture at the restaurant. I can think of no other restaurant in any of my travels where a waiter
remembered me by name, as did Gilbert, even if my visits were years apart. But it is more than
remembering a name; Gilbert's impeccable service and splendid personality was as much a part of
the Galatoire's dining experience as is the food. Professional waiters like Gilbert make
Galatoire's what it is.

Again, I hope you will review your decision to terminate Gilbert and reinstate him as a
member of your staff. Thank you for considering my comments.


Alfred F. Livaudais, Jr.
LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.)


bulletFrom: Richard M. Taylor []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 12:21 PM

It sounds like you all have separation issues!! Gilberto is gone FACE IT!! People get fired all the time whether it is a legitimate claim or not!! One of the lawyers that wrong a fan letter should represent Gilberto in a wrongful discharge or slander suit against the restaurant for free. Commander's Palace should hire Gilberto and all you fans should switch to commander's as your restaurant of choice. FACE IT....Gilberto's life would never be the same even if he was hired back. MANAGEMENT would never welcome him back and REALLY mean it.


bulletFrom: "BE IN LIKE FLYNN" []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 10:32 AM

In this age of Political Correctness, Corporations and criminals all get "Rehabilitation Training Seminars" of some sort....Before the Lawyers appear, perhaps Gilbert, the young ladies and Management could reach a "compromise" and Gilbert could be "Rehabilitated"??... Having to watch all those videos, perhaps more than once, could be extremely painful. Win Win for customersl...The young ladies make their point...and a man becomes wiser without his career being shattered. Or alas, is that just using too much common sense?

Maryflynn Thomas
bulletFrom: Duke []
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 7:38 AM
Cc: Ben Duke; jr; ponyduke
Subject: crabmeat maison &souffle potato

I am now a rancher in Montana, but i still have my number at Galatoire's! And whenever Gilberto saw me come in ,usually years in between visits, he always asked for me and took care of my party, ight down to remembering what id probably have,what i was drinking,etc.
To me gilberto IS Gallatoire's.
To err is human, and New Orleans is the most forgiving carefree city on the planet. Forgive gilberto for his transgressions,please!!! And let the good times roll again!!!
George St George Biddle duke
bulletFrom: James Rose []
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 7:13 PM

Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 2:55 PM
Subject: FIRING

bulletFrom: Ginger M. Shands []
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 10:40 AM
Subject: news

I did not know of Gilbert's situation until this weekend. I am sick!
My family lives in McComb and has been eating at Galatoire's for 5 generations. The last time I was there was to celebrate my father's 84th b-day and, of course, Gilbert took care of us. We have celebrated numerous birthdays, anniversaries and just good times in this wonderful restaurant, but I can assure you it won't be the same without Gilbert! The loss of Cesar was hard enough, yet we didn't have a choice in that situation. This one is different. Gilbert has served too many good years to be set aside so easily. I hope to see him back soon! Ginger (Moore) Shands
bulletFrom: vjules []
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 12:55 PM

My husband and I were married in New Orleans and dined at Galatoire's that evening. Nothing could be more special than staying at Windsor Court and dining at Galatoire's. We had planned to return to New Orleans every year and relive our wonderful day. This year we won't be returning. Windsor Court coupled with Galatoire's won't be the same without Gilbert and I'm truly sad that our memories are all that my husband and I will share of those magical evenings.

Julie Cruber
bulletFrom: Heather Redmann []
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 11:39 AM

Just writing from Göteborg, Sweden. Had big plans for visiting New Orleans and eating at Galatoire's, but no idea that such fine traditions we have read about, over here in Sweden, were changing so...It is such a shame, because one looks forward to such, especially when visiting New Orleans, and the states, even for the first time.
I have always read and heard that New Orleans was the one place where such tradition of food and service---like that I had previously read of Galatoire's---was a reliable reality.
It seems to me, that even as a future tourist of the city, such traditions should be protected...or there will no longer be a tradition to protect...and your tourists will choose to go elsewhere. I mean, New Orleans isn't a chosen destination in the summers' for its heat!
Hope things are rectified before our arrival.
But at least there are other options in the city for dining.
Best of luck,

bulletFrom: edgar mauricio sierra jimenez []
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 5:02 PM
Subject: waiter

Dear Gilbert;

just want to say that at work everyone's talking about it. and it seems
that claims of sexual harassment are pretty strong. for the sake of your good basque
last name (you do know that Eyzaguirre is a basque last name, right?) i hope that
you get your gig back. landing a good waiter's job in this town is hard, and it sucks
to be without one, specially in new orleans. so, i hope that the claims are untrue and that you get your job back. i really don't know what happened, but hope that all this hysteria dies away. i just want to read other letters in the paper other than this bull.


bulletJules J. Jordy, Jr.
2339 Palmer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone: 861-xxxx

10 July, 2002

Letters to the Editor
3800 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

Subject: Change in Galatoire’s Restaurant

As a New Orleans native recently returned from a lifetime abroad, the articles and letters recently published concerning Galatoire’s have aroused my interest. The ongoing uproar brings to mind a parallel situation I witnessed in Madrid, Spain a quarter century ago, involving the clash of conservative tradition with The New World Order, which I cannot help but believe is an inexorable slide of Western culture toward a so-called classless, ‘lowest-common-denominator’ type society.

My grandfather, a surgeon and professor of medicine at Tulane, was a ‘regular’ at Galatoire’s. He ate in that arrogant but delicious old anachronism of a place almost every day during the ‘20s and ‘30s. I was not able to continue in the tradition because my parents left New Orleans right after WWII, to live in Europe.

About ten years ago, after living in Spain and France for over 35 years, I returned to the United States - back to my roots. Why back to New Orleans? Mainly because there exists no other place in this country that has remained – until recently – The Bastion of proud individuality, uniquely decadent and often blatantly elitist – yes, elitist - traditions still to be found embedded in the cultures of this city’s progenitors, Spain and France. But the ongoing fuss over Galatoire’s provides sad but unmistakable evidence that the fortified walls of this wonderfully wicked old Bastion are crumbling. Poor Old New Orleans will soon become another drab, politically correct parody – like that fake castle one sees rising at the end of Disneyland’s Main Street USA.

It is obvious that the young man hired to run Galatoire’s is carrying out, with Machiavellian zeal, his mandate to Increase the Bottom Line. A sexual harassment lawsuit in today’s social climate is certainly an efficient and effective way of getting rid of an ‘old school holdout.’ And be assured that when other traditionalists are perceived as obstacles to Increasing the Bottom Line, they won’t stand a chance…

The evolution – or revolution - taking place at Galatoire’s is almost congruent with what happened to La Gran Tasca de Manolo, one of the finest restaurants in Madrid until the early 1970’s. It was an elegant but understated place, patronized in years gone by upper class Spaniards and foreign notables like Ernest Hemingway.
I was a ‘regular’ at Manolo’s, where I was always waited upon with great affection by an old man named Eusebio. He was my waiter and he had worked there for thirty years. Just as at Galatoire’s each of the Gran Tasca’s individual waiters served a faithful following of customers, sometimes over several family generations.
In the early ‘70s I moved to Paris for a couple of years, but upon returning to Madrid made a beeline for the Gran Tasca de Manolo. Alas! The place was unrecognizable – neon sign above the door, new waiters dressed in shiny black tuxedoes instead of traditional white jackets. I was led by one of these young characters (who was constantly rubbing his hands together like a snake-oil salesman) over to a smorgasbord exhibit displaying the most expensive imported delicacies. I was shown a price list that would have given pause to Aristotle Onassis. When I asked Manolo (grandson of the Tasca’s founder) about my old waiter, he informed me that Eusebio had retired.
Well, I ran into my old friend a few days later. He was waiting tables for a café on the Plaza Mayor. He told me that all the old waiters at the Gran Tasca had been fired for refusing to hawk the new menu of expensive fare - dishes of unknown quality, he explained - to customers they had been serving for decades.
“Has Manolo gone mad?” I asked.
“Maybe,” Eusebio answered, “but he is now the owner of a brand new Mercedes Benz car, with a chauffeur.”

I am not attempting herewith to make a case either for Gilberto or for Galatoire’s… but the soul withers, doesn’t it?

Just imagine some sweaty tourist in a baseball cap and sneakers, from Dallas or Kansas City, with toothpick twirling between his lips, demanding A-1 Sauce for the trout amandine and ketchup to put on the soufflé potatoes…

Jules Jordy, Jr.
bulletFrom: Landry, Susan []
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:03 AM
Subject: Fan in Tucson

Hello all,

I have never had the opportunity to either dine at Galatoire's nor have Gilberto wait on my table. This is my new mission in life. I am in the process of relocating to New Orleans and this mission is a "must do".

I hope to see all of you there and I so look forward to my dining experience with Gilberto at Galatoire's.

Sincerely Moved by your Article,

Susan Landry
bulletFrom: Mike Guiza []
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 10:01 AM
Subject: Firing of Gilberto & other changes

The firing of excellent waiters is in line with the new dining rooms upstairs, the acceptance of credit cards, the downgrading of a proper dress code and the placing of various condiments on every table which are not yet required to improve Galatorie's cuisine!

Michael D. Guiza - VP Underground Utilities Dept.
Boh Brothers Const. Co., L.L.C.
Telephone 504.827.7630
Toll Free 1.800.284.3377
FAX 504.821.0714


bulletFrom: Richard Lake []
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 4:32 PM
Subject: I also love Gilberto "Tio" Eyzaguirre very much and loathe
Melvin "The Adulterator" Rodrigue

I would just like to say how much I love Gilbert for staying at Galatoire's
as long as he did with that wretched punk Melvin working there. Melvin is one of the biggest phonies I've ever met and I'm not surprised
that he fired Gilbert. That man has had an itch to get rid of Gilbert and
all the other "old timers" at Galatoire's since he arrived there. Shame on
the Board of Directors. Even though I'm only 25 and not apart of the
esoteric elite that frequents the place I can appreciate a "true waiter"
who really goes the distance to provide their customers with an
unforgettable dining experience. I will never go back to Galatoire's after
this. I'm sorry, but I feel like I would just be wasting my money! I
think Gilbert should open up his own restaurant, REALLY. God knows it
wouldn't be as gaudy as the upstairs of Galatoire's. In fact, if he does
I'll quit my job as a chemical engineer to go work for him, that's a promise!
bulletFrom: Hawkins, Nick []
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 10:37 AM
To: ''
Subject: Times-Picayune article on

The Times-Picayune article about Gilberto's firing appeared on I must frankly confess - the last time I was in New Orleans and dined out, I had the privilege of having dinner at Galatoire's. And I can legitimately say that this is the only time that a dining experience surpassed the joy of sex. Sad but true. I hope this gets resolved, otherwise I'll have to stick with dining at other establishments.

Nick Hawkins

Chicago, IL


Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 5:05 PM
Subject: (no subject)

Being another native who has moved on to a more progressive city (Chicago) I have always enjoyed going back to Galatoire's with friends and family and felt at home again. Gilberto was always so kind to my late Mother and late Aunt. It is such a shame to here of Gilberto being let go. I will think very hard as to what restaurant I will visit in the future when my travels bring be back to the Crescent City. Gilbert WAS Galatoire's to me!

Doug Deethardt
Chicago, IL


bulletFrom: Susan and Harry Gilbert []
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 3:57 PM
Subject: Galatoire's managment

I think the new management came here on a load of goats. They don't seem to recognize "true waiter talent" when it is staring them in the face. This man, Gilberto, truly cared about his clients. Bring him back. We miss him.

Susan Gilbert (no relation to Gilberto)
bulletFrom: Ernest Burguieres []
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 3:52 PM
Cc: me me
Subject: Gilberto

Dear Sirs:

After reading the article in the T-P and locating this website I began thinking of another slice of New Orleans slipping from my fingers into the depths of experience that will only be enjoyed through memories. Those qualities, those experiences, sometimes not quite out of the 18th or 19th century, form the essence of that which distinguishes New Orleans from "Every City, USA". We may not always appreciate it, we may not always like it, but it's kind of like enjoying Rome, or Venice and not really caring if there isn't a Time Saver open all night. It is what it is, or unfortunately, it is what it was. We may still go to Galatoire's, but it will slowly drift into the ranks of those places that now trade on a name as opposed to a reputation. It soulnds like too many family members want to feast on this old mule.


bulletFrom: Elizabeth Ogden []
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 12:25 PM
Subject: Changes in General

To Whom It May Concern,
The many letters and quotes I have read today are mostly from older people who have been attending Galatoire's for years and "don't like change." Let me just say this: I am a teenager, a girl who has been going to Galatoire's for my shorter, but entire life. Someone my age likes change, likes things to be fun, hip, or trendy am disguisted with the acts of Galatoire's. No, I am not just speaking of Gilbert (who was a waiter of mine several times) but of the changes in general of the restaurant. I was APPALLED last time I went to Galatoire's with friends. We were dressed very nicely while two couples were sitting at the table next to us in blue jeans or black jeans material! Now, i wear this clothing all the time. But it is NOT APPROPRIATE for the atmosphere. It is an insult to the restaurant. When I complained, I was told that the restaurant had no choice in lowering the dress code as to compete with the other French Quarter Restaurants. This is an outrage. Just as Gilbert has been fired, and the dress code lowered--who is at fault for all of these unnecessary changes? Let it be known that people of ALL ages are disgusted by the events. Thank you. Beth


Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 11:48 AM

Gilberto has been my waiter for about ten years now. Even though I have known about his unfortunate departure from Galatoire's, I still request him whenever I dine simply to let the restaurant know of his popularity.

He has been the best waiter that I have ever. When friends of mine come in town, I bring them to Galatoire's and tell them that the service is just as good of a reason to come as the food is. I have taken friends there three times this summer only to dissapoint the vision of Galatoire's that I gave them.

During my most recent visit, my bus boy knew more about the menu than did our waiter. Although the food continued to meet my expectations, the service that used to command respect had earned a poor rating from my party.

The recent lack of enforcement of the dress code only adds to my dissapointment with how the restaurant has been managing itself within the past year.

I often like to read travel guides of my own city just to see what attracts tourists to certain venues and restaurants. Reading the Zaggat's review of Galatoire's reminds me of the dining experience that I used to have there.

I will always go to Galatoire's because I am confident that the restaurant is aware of the integrity that it must maintain. You can go almost anywhere in New Orleans for great food at any price. I go to Galatoire's for the history, the environment, and the service. It will soon be the same restaurant that it always was.
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 10:39 AM
Subject: hit them in the pocketbook

The only way to get to the bottom of this is to "Hit them in the pocketbook" It's time for a boycott. When management sees open tables at lunch time on Friday, it'll begin to sink in. After all, what they want is revenue from their "young whipper-snapper" manager. The history and culture are irrelevant as long as revenue is KING.

What's Gilberto doing now? Perhaps it's time to Bring him gack somewhere else.

Ed Bourgeois
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 2:36 PM

We have been loyal fans of Gilberto and Galatoire's for 18 years, and are sick about this. We have not been there since he was fired, and have no plans to return unless he is brought back. This is a shame as we have entertained lots of family, friends, and business associates there over the years, spending plenty of money. I believe this whole sham was made up by other Galatoire's employees who are simply jealous of the loyal following Gilberto has amassed by doing a superb job. Maybe these other employees think they will now inherit Gilberto's customers - NOT HAPPENING!!

Tricia & Tom Potter
214 Hector Ave.
Metairie, LA 70005
bulletFrom: []
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 11:30 AM
Subject: Gilberto

Bring Back Gilberto. Ron Ruiz


bulletFrom: Peter Brennan []
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 8:39 AM
To: ''
Cc: 'Carla'
Subject: Gilberto

I visit New Orleans several times a year and Gilberto has been my regular waiter for sometime. I would very much like to see Gilberto return to Galatoire's as he has always made eating at the restaurant an even more special occasion for me. Thank you.

Peter Brennan
Galatoire's cardholder


bulletFrom: []
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2002 12:49 PM
Subject: No Subject

Is it true that Gilberto is now working at Commanders? I keep hearing that bit of news! BE


bulletFrom: Carey Homra []
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 1:55 PM
Subject: Bring Back Gilberto

It would be a travesty if Gilberto was not allowed back to work. Galatoire's and the city of New Orleans would just not be the same. Bring him back!!

Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 2:43 PM
Subject: Gilberto-what else?

I want to add my name to the 500-plus names anxious to have Gilberto back. I
have been a customer of Galatoire's for MANY years, and a customer of
Gilberto's for as long as he has been there. BRING HIM BACK!!!!!
Betsy Ewing
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 3:25 PM
Subject: (no subject)

Everytime my husband and I go to Galatoire's we always request Gilberto for
our waiter. He is consistently courteous, kind, efficient - a professional in
every way. I can't imagine Galatoire's without him.
Peggy and Billy C Farlow
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 7:23 PM
Subject: Dining at Galatoire's

I've had the good fortune to experience the knowledgeable, efficient, totally
unpretentious wait-service of Gilberto Eyzaguirre on most every occasion I've
dined at Galatoire's over the past few years. I can't imagine, short of
selling recipes, what infraction he could have committed that warrants his
dismissal. I suggest Galatoire's management do themselves and his legion of
fans a favor, allow him to apologize for his misdeeds, and hire him back, muy
pronto. Sincerely, C. Robert Holloway 504-525-8489 323-656-5810

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